At the end of Cavs-Pacers this evening, TNT reporter Allie LaForce broke the news to LeBron James that Erin Popovich, Gregg Popovich’s wife of four decades, passed away today at the age of 67, and asked if he had any words. LeBron was clearly taken aback, but collected himself for a touching response:
There is a lot of conversation on social media questioning whether this was an appropriate question to ask in this setting. It is a tough spot given that LeBron and Popovich are widely known to have a close relationship. While he delivered a very poignant response, it probably would have been better to wait for the press conference to ask him about this when he would have had time to properly digest the news.
UPDATE: While LeBron’s response seemed to indicate that he was learning the news then and there, according to Andrew Marchand and Richard Deitsch, LaForce gave LeBron a head’s up before asking him the question.