LeBron James was in a good mood after turning in a world-class performance in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. You would be too if you scored 46 points in an elimination game and forced a brief moratorium on Michael Jordan comparisons.
We all know that upbeat people are more receptive to making new friends than their dour counterparts. Enter Paulo Antunes, a reporter from ESPN Brazil, with a softball question.
And now the two are best friends, likely planning a road trip together in the near future. A Godfather enthusiast like James values two things: loyalty and family. Paulo is in now, and as long as he doesn’t go against the family, is on easy street.
A little flattery goes a long way.