Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James staged one of the coolest walkouts ever after losing patience with a reporter's repeated line of questioning following Thursday's dramatic overtime defeat by the Golden Stage Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
LeBron had been left stunned in the dying seconds of the fourth quarter when, with the score tied at 107-107, team-mate J.R. Smith collected an offensive rebound from a missed free-throw only to run away from the basket, rather than sinking a game-winning two.
Witnesses originally assumed that Smith had got the score wrong and thought his side were winning, although he later said in an interview that he knew it was tied and was expecting LeBron to call a timeout.
LeBron James walks out of his post-game press conference after a repeated line of questioning
The Cleveland Cavaliers star stares at a reporter as he is asked about J.R. Smith's 'state of mind'
Facing the media after the game, LeBron — who scored 51 points on Thursday — was asked: 'Everybody's reaction to the play at the end with J.R. getting the rebound... there's still confusion about whether J.R. thought the game was tied or whether he thought you guys were ahead. From where you stood on the court and from talking to him after the play, what's you reaction to it? What's your version?'
LeBron — who was calm, but clearly irritated — said: 'What do you mean, "What's my version?"'
After being asked whether Smith