Sterling K. Brown of “This Is Us” Predicts LeBron James Will Be Finals MVP

Hopefully you saw Sterling K. Brown in his Emmy-winning role as prosecutor Christopher Darden in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Or you’ve watched him steal the show as identity-seeking perfectionist Randall Pearson on NBC’s dramedy This Is Us. This week, however, Complex caught him stopping by the NBA Store in Manhattan to get a custom-made jersey ahead of upfronts for the show, which returns in the fall for Season 2.

Turns out, Brown is a huge basketball fan, and like many of us, rides for LeBron in particular—hence the No. 23 jersey he chose to emblazon with his initials. The very busy, always brilliant Brown took a few minutes to talk playoffs, NBA nostalgia and more.

What do you think? Is it a foregone conclusion that the Finals will be the Cavs and the Warriors?
I mean, the Spurs, if they would have at least gotten a win in Game 1 they would have had a chance, but now with the injury…It’s gonna be Cleveland and Golden State, for sure.

Who gets your vote for MVP?
Regular season? Russell Westbrook; he’s truly deserving. But for the Finals it’s gonna be my man LeBron James, as it should be.

What was the first basketball game you ever went to?
Well, I grew up in St. Louis without a team. I remember going to, I think it was an exhibition game with the Pistons when I was a kid. You know, when you see them on TV with each other, they don’t look that tall. They’re all the same height. But in person…whoa. Those are really tall guys. They’re giants. I can say I stood among giants that day.

And finally, do you know how Jack died?
Oh yeah. Yes, I do.

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