LeBron James said he has done a lot of reading since his fourth-quarter no-show in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Specifically, he’s been reading what people have to say about that Game 4 fourth quarter. And he’s been amused, he said. Really.

But now, in just a few hours, he’ll play the biggest game of his life, Game 5 of a 2-2 series with the Dallas Mavericks.

“I understand what is at stake,” he said after the Miami Heat shootaround Thursday morning (via ESPN). “This is a big game, probably the biggest game of my life. I'm approaching it that way. Not probably, it is.”

Especially after a fourth quarter that was either no big deal or the source of great rejoicing.

“This is what I've been dreaming about my whole life,” James said. “It's nothing new that I haven't heard last year or the year before that. I've heard a lot of games define my legacy. I'm not worried about that.

“This is what this is about. This is what we all dreamed about, being in this moment. No one ever said it was going to be easy.”

Among other diversionary tactics, James actually read some of the things that have been written about Game 4. “Try to do whatever it takes to help your mind shut down,” James said. “You just try to stay up and watch TV. There’s never anything on TV. I don’t know. Get on the Internet. Read you guys’ columns. Those are fun. ... I’ve seen a lot of them. They’re pretty good. I appreciate it.”