Professional athletes are an odd lot. They tend to be superstitious and they have crazy rituals they do in order to increase their chances of performing. Lebron James has an NBA Finals ritual as well, though his is a little violent. Apparently, since the start of the finals, James has watched The Godfather no less than six times. That might qualify as obsessive.
Following Lebron James' performance in game five of the NBA Finals, which as I understand was impressive (you'll have to forgive me I write about movies for a living), the star was asked by an ESPN reporter if the Golden State Warriors social media trash talk had an impact on him. USA Today reports that Lebron never saw it, because rather than surfing social media, or watching sports news, he's been watching The Godfather.
He has taken to watching The Godfather now throughout this postseason. No social media, no SportsCenter, none of that stuff. He's watching movies. He's watched The Godfather six times this postseason. He said, 'Last night it just settled me down.' It's about family and so many other things, so that got him into the mood to go bust 41 tonight.
Before game five he says he watched The Godfather II, so apparently he isn't only watching the original. Maybe he's watched the first two, three times? It's not clear. If he's watched The Godfather III even once we may have to question the man's judgment.
However, now there's some question about the validity of Lebron James' statement. Following the news that he'd been watching The Godfather a bunch, a reporter asked him to quote his favorite line, which was something he wasn't able to do. As one would expect, Twitter is now accusing the NBA star of lying about his Godfather obsession.
Not being able to quote The Godfather is a little odd, mostly because people who have never seen The Godfather can still quote The Godfather. It's one of those films that has become such a part of pop culture, that people are familiar with lines like "make him an offer he can't refuse" or "I know it was you, Fredo" before they're ever actually familiar with the movies themselves. Still, we're not going to give Lebron too hard a time for not responding. It's possible he's only been half-paying attention to the movies anyway. He's got some other stuff going on in his life right now. He's got a Space Jam sequel to prep for, after all.
If nothing else, we're proud of Lebron James, as his taste in movies has drastically improved. Watching The Godfather six times is a serious improvement over watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas, in May.