LeBron says Cavs not giving up against Warriors in NBA Finals

Ross Houston
June 9, 2017

Both teams didn't win a title until year two The difference for Durant is he stepped into, and fit perfectly with, an existing structure.

If there is anyone who should be frustrated by that sequence of events, it would be LeBron James. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar remains the face of the National Basketball Association and is its best player even as his 14th season in the league comes to a close.

In most seasons, these Cavaliers would be more than good enough to win a championship.

Then LeBron and Iguodala were together again in the NBA Finals.

"Well, I think it's just part of my calling to just go against teams in the midst of a dynasty", James said.

When James met with media Thursday, he was asked about a selfless yet appropriate decision he made that did not turn out well for Cleveland.

"Is it fair? I don't care. great".

"James said that was not the situation when he got to Miami". The NBA has almost doubled its salary cap over the past several seasons, and this is the first year of a $24 billion television deal.

Durant left Oklahoma City after last season and signed with Golden State to put himself in the best position to capture his first championship.

"It's great for our league", he said. "Right now, look at our TV ratings, look at the money our league is pouring in".

But that means little to Golden State's players, who with a victory in Game 4 on Friday night can exorcise those haunting demons from last June when the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals to the Cavaliers.

Klay Thompson scored 30 points and Stephen Curry added 26 for the Warriors, who seized a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series and stretched their record playoff win streak to 15-0. "I played against some great teams, but I don't think no team has had this type of firepower".

On that point, James is in the minority. We will never know if the Warriors would have gone on to win the championship if Iguodala had made his shot in Game 7 previous year, when the Warriors were in the same kind of late-game freefall the Cavs were in late Wednesday night in Cleveland.

James paved the way for Durant by leaving Cleveland as a free agent in 2010 to play with All-Stars Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami, where the trio won back-to-back titles sandwiched between four straight Finals. Several times they stood on the brink of breaking the Cavs only to fall just short.

The Warriors beat Cleveland on Wednesday night to take a 3-0 NBA Finals lead.

"What this team has accomplished is remarkable", said Kerr.

"We had some really good looks", James said. "Our guys have really played well and competed at a high level". We're now hearing that Kevin Durant not only joined the league's best team, but he's now elbowed past LeBron James as its preeminent player.

The Warriors aren't just looking for another championship. "You can sense that", James said.

"Is it fair that the New York Yankees in the '90s was adding piece after piece after piece?" Is it fair that the Cowboys added Deion Sanders?

"I mean, listen. It happens".

The Warriors would become the first team to make an unbeaten playoff run to the crown by winning game four Friday in Cleveland. But King James still owns the court.

"They're going to get exhausted", Kerr recalled after the game, ESPN reports. Golden State escaped with a huge win to go up 3-0, only one game away from the title. But it could very well be some other franchise, especially if James decides he wants to spend the tail end of his career with his friends in Hollywood.

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