“The Man above don’t put you in situations that you can’t handle.” -LeBron James

LeBron James recently cemented himself as one of the all-time NBA greats by leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an improbable comeback from a 3-1 series deficit to the Golden State Warriors to win the 2016 NBA Finals. 

But while James looked like a superman among men on the court, he also wanted to give credit to another higher power: God.

“The Man above don’t put you in situations that you can’t handle,” he said after their game 7 win. “This is what He wants me to do.”

James has a history of referencing God in interviews with the media. Earlier this season, he was asked if his team would improve with the return of two injured players.

He said that when your teammates return, you prepare just as you always have. And, “There’s only one guy ever in the world that everything will be all right when He comes back, and that’s Jesus Christ.”

James was reduced to tears after the Cavs brought the city of Cleveland their first professional sports championship in over 50 years. After gathering himself, he told ESPN’s Doris Burke, “I put my heart and my blood and my sweat and my tears into this game. Against all odds. I don’t know why we want to take the hardest road. I don’t know why the man above gives me the hardest road.”

Before the NBA Championship series started, not many people gave the Cavs a chance of knocking off the defending champion Warriors and two-time MVP Stephen Curry. It seemed impossible to believe that the underdogs from “The Land” would come back from a 3-1 deficit, something no team had ever done in the NBA Finals.

But it happened, and it took a man they call “King James” and his belief that God wouldn’t give him anything he couldn’t handle.

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