"It's just funny," Phelps, who lives in Arizona, told ESPN after the Cavaliers' 120-116 win. "I was just talking to people who were sitting around us and they were like, 'Did he just point at you or is he pointing at me?' And I was like, 'Yeah, I don't really know.' And then he drills a 3. It was awesome. Being able to come watch these guys play is always a treat and they gave us so much love over in the [Olympic] Games and being able to just come and see them when they're here in Phoenix is, like I said, a true treat to come and watch."
James is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player. Phelps has 23 gold medals. The two have gotten to know each other over previous Summer Games, and on Sunday, they shared a moment.
"Just recognizing greatness, that's all that's about," James said of his gesture. He finished with 28 points, eight rebounds, four assists and a cool photo opp.