Thompson: Friendship with LeBron “Out the Window” When on Court

I wasn’t around in Cleveland when LeBron played there. Most fans understand you can’t fault a kid that wasn’t here at that time. [..] Me and LeBron’s relationship is pretty close — he’s like a brother to me. But at the same time it’s a business and we’re going to Miami and trying to win a game. The whole friendship thing is out the window when we get on the court. Whatever [LeBron and I] have going on is between us. The main thing is playing basketball and that’s what we’re here to do.

– Cavaliers rookie power forward Tristan Thompson on his friendship with Miami Heat forward, and long-time Cleveland Cavalier, LeBron James. Thompson is coming off one of his best statistical efforts in this young season, with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting while hitting 4-of-5 free throw attempts.

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