The Cavaliers were swept. Now, LeBron James has a decision to make
19:03, Jun 9, 2018
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The last time a team was swept in the finals was 2007, when the Spurs took out James' Cavaliers.
A number of factors accounted for his frustrations, he said.
James, widely regarded as the greatest player of his generation, is expected to leave for a second time, having returned to the franchise in 2014 after departing for Miami four years earlier.
Meanwhile, at the podium inside the interview room, LeBron James wasted no time addressing the elephant in the room: was this his final game in a Cleveland uniform? He never missed a game this season. LeBron and the Cavaliers have played well to get to the finals but I feel this is the end of the road for them. They won easily despite Thompson going scoreless in the first half.
"But what (coach Tyronn Lue) did with his group and obviously what LeBron (James) does night after night is just incredible".
It must have been frustrating. Looney was often the first player off the bench for the Warriors in the postseason, and started the last four games of the seven-game battle with the Rockets after Iguodala suffered an injury. They've gone back-to-back, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 on Friday night to finish off a sweep of these NBA Finals in the fourth consecutive meeting between those clubs. Those performances couldn't get the job done, either.
"The way we played, the calls that were made, I had emotions that the game was taken away from us", James said, wearing a brace after the Finals concluded. "To carry this team the way he did all season and leading by example, it's just a testament to his character and who he is as a person and a player". It's also worth remembering James can make more money re-signing with the Cavs then moving anywhere else.
James, who left to a standing ovation, can opt out of his contract during this offseason.
And the Warriors proved they can beat the Cavaliers. He needed time to digest.
'The only thing is with my kids getting older, that's the only thing that kind of stops me from going as long as I'd like to, ' he said. But that Cavs team, which included Kyrie Irving, had a lot more going for it than this year's team. His decision, whatever it is, could decide whether Lue returns as coach.
"I came back because I felt like I had some unfinished business", LeBron said. "But after a game like that I'm not in any position to talk about that".
As has been the case since Durant arrived for the 2017 season, the Warriors just had too much All Star talent to be stopped. Possibly, a decade, or so, from now, the narrative will be forgotten and basketball fans will get to appreciate what James contributed to the game. Or because he has donated millions to send kids from his hometown of Akron to college, and in July he will be opening a public school in northeast Ohio.
The same could be said of this answer James gave after evading a question about whether the one championship James won in these four years serves as that business being finished. "Do whatever you want with your life".
So Kerr pulled trick after trick from his sweat-soaked sleeves, trying desperately to keep his team engaged through the long and laborious grind of the regular season - no easy task for a team that had already seen firsthand how meaningless those games can be.
The city of Cleveland seems to collectively be giving James its blessings in whatever he chooses to do. "And nobody has left here and become as big as LeBron".
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