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“My Stomach Was Hurting”: LeBron James Gets Completely Frank About Playing in His First Playoff Game
2024/04/17

LeBron’s Journey to Playoff Excellence: Overcoming Nerves and Dominating the Court

LeBron James has solidified his place in NBA history as one of the greatest players of all time. With four NBA Championships and numerous playoff records under his belt, it's hard to imagine a time when LeBron was just a young player feeling the pressure of his first postseason experience. In a recent episode of his Mind the Game Pod, LeBron opened up about his early playoff jitters and how he overcame them to become the playoff powerhouse he is today.

The Nerves of a Young LeBron: A Rocky Start to Playoff Glory

As LeBron recalled on his podcast, his first playoff game in 2006 was a nerve-wracking experience. After missing out on the postseason in his first two years in the league, LeBron was determined to make an impact when the Cleveland Cavaliers finally secured a playoff spot. Going up against the Washington Wizards in the first round, LeBron felt the weight of expectations on his shoulders.

“I was nervous as hell. My stomach was hurting all goddamn day until the ball jump,” LeBron confessed to his podcast co-host JJ Redick. Despite his nerves, LeBron didn't let the pressure affect his performance on the court. In fact, he played like a seasoned veteran, putting up impressive numbers throughout the series.

LeBron's Playoff Performance: A Display of Excellence Under Pressure

Despite his pre-game jitters, LeBron delivered a standout performance in the 2006 playoffs. In 13 games, he averaged an impressive 30.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.

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