LeBron on alleged Christmas Day comments to Wade: 'I'm not stupid'

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It didn't take long for this to become a thing.

A video posted on the NBA's YouTube channel had the Internet on fire on Wednesday, as a sleuthy Redditor overheard LeBron James making some pretty remarkable comments to Dwyane Wade as the two embraced following their Christmas Day head-to-head.

"Like I said, if we aren't better this year, we're gonna re-unite again and do some bigger and better things, alright?" James could be heard saying in the video, which you can check out for yourself in the post below.

The initial interpretation is obvious: If things don't go well with the Cleveland Cavaliers, James and Wade could hook back up, possibly with the Miami Heat. James can opt out of his contract following this season and things are off to an inauspicious start with his return to Cleveland.

Of course, James could have been referring to an endless list of items, as the friends are known to have post-career and off-court plans together. He tried his best to downplay any controversy when asked about the video Wednesday:

I've seen the clip just like you've seen the clip. I don't know exactly what I said at the beginning, either. I know I said, 'We'll get back together and do some bigger and better things,' but it had nothing to do about basketball.

I mean, if I was going to tell him that, I'd tell him the night before. Come on, guys. I'm not stupid. I know I didn't go to college but I'm not stupid. I wouldn't say that on Christmas with a hundred cameras around.

"It had nothing to do with (reuniting)," Wade said Wednesday, backing James up. "It was about bigger and better things later."

That's a reasonable defense, though James has, at times in the past, made controversially vague comments. It seemed odd James would risk making such a comment, even veiled by a jersey over his mouth.

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