“I’ve dreamed about playing well in this building and it’s overtaken of how I could ever dream about,” James said. “To get a standing ovation in the greatest basketball arena in the world, it was a dream come true for me. It’s one of the best things that ever happened to me.”
LeBron became just the third player since the NBA/ABA merger to score 50 points and dish out 10 assists in a game. The other two players were Stephon Marbury (2001 OT Game) and Michael Jordan (1992). Since then, it’s been done two more times: Tony Parker (55/10) and LeBron again against the Knicks in 2009 (52/11/9).
The crowd chanted “MVP!” and one Knicks fan even approached LeBron on the bench to tell him he was his favorite player.
“It was a great feeling. You get a fan to come down there to express the way he feels about you … told me I was his favorite player, that never happens,” James said. “I respect him, I respect his pride and for him to come out there and tell me something like that face to face, it’s like the [most] unbelievable thing that ever happened to me.”
When James was asked if he was afraid when he saw the fan coming.
“I’m 6-9 and 260,” James said. “I’m all right.”