It takes a lot to impress the King, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge can do the job. Prince William and Kate Middleton traveled to Brooklyn Monday, meeting both commissioner Adam Silver and LeBron James as they took in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 110-88 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
“They brought luck to us," James said. "It was their first time watching a basketball game, so it was an honor that I would be that guy they decided they wanted to watch.”
Teammate Kevin Love said the royals’ presence took him out of his game somewhat — at least for a moment. He was at the free-throw line when the pair arrived through the Barclays Arena tunnel during the third quarter. "It was a little bit more of a distraction than people waving towels or waving whatever it is that they do," Love said. "Yes, it was big distraction. I just tried to make the second shot and it ended up being about a foot short."
Somehow, Will and Kate were a bigger story than the presence of Brooklyn’s resident power couple:
After the game, James and his new British friends shared some gifts:
As far as basketball is concerned, the Cavs looked good playing it — which is becoming a trend these days, after the team’s rocky 5-7 start. Behind 18 points from James, 19 from Love and surprise 26-point outing from the mercurial Dion Waiters, Cleveland ran their current winning streak up to seven games and moved into first place in the Central Division.
Despite a historically powerful Western Conference, Cleveland lately seems well on its way to being the team who could pull the Larry O’Brien championship trophy east of the Mississippi.
— John Wilmes