LeBron James changed final play and told David Blatt, 'Give me the ball'

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt is sure making a lot of headlines after his team's 86-84 Game 4 win on Sunday. Blatt came awfully close to giving the Chicago Bulls possession of the ball with the game tied 84-84 with 8.4 seconds left by calling an illegal timeout, and LeBron James revealed at the podium that he changed Blatt's final play.

"To be honest, the play that was drawn up, I scratched it," James said. "I just told coach, 'Just give me the ball. We either going to go into overtime or I'ma win it for us.' It was that simple.

"I was supposed to take the ball out," James continued. "I told coach, 'There's no way I'm taking the ball out unless I can shoot it over the backboard and go in.' So I told him to have somebody else take the ball out, give me the ball and everybody get out the way."

James wound up hitting a jumper in the corner at the last second to give his team the victory. Wonder what would have happened if he was the one inbounding the ball.

LeBron James and David Blatt have a chat.  (USATSI)
LeBron James and David Blatt have a chat. (USATSI)

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James Herbert is somewhat fond of basketball, feature writing and understatements. A former season-ticket holder for the expansion Toronto Raptors, Herbert does not think the NBA was better back in the... Full Bio

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