Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY Sports
(USATODAY.com) - Some fans might think LeBron James will be the difference-maker for the Miami Heat in Thursday's Game 7 of the NBA finals. Other, more discerning fans know that James' headband could be the difference as the Heat tries to win back-to-back championships.
James answered at least one question on Wednesday when he said he plans to wear the headband with which he has been so identified throughout his career in the finale against the San Antonio Spurs.
The headband came off in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's 103-100 overtime victory as he blocked a shot by Spurs forward Tim Duncan. James never put it back on, and proceeded to power the Heat from behind. He scored 16 of his game-high 32 points in the fourth quarter.
Twitter exploded with comments during that quarter and the overtime, and "LeBron's Headband" accounts suddenly were created (there was at least one previously existing account).
LeBron seemed to enjoy the questions about his headband during Wednesday's media availability in Miami. Asked if he will go back to the headband tonight, he laughed and told reporters: "I'll probably start off with it, man. A little superstitious. If it gets knocked off, then me and him will have a discussion if he will return."
As for the last time he played without one: "My rookie year preseason. I started the preseason off not playing - I think we were in Detroit in my rookie year. I didn't play too well. I didn't like it."