Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

LeBron James Sheds Light On His Mindset Ahead Of NBA Free Agency

LeBron James Sheds Light On His Mindset Ahead Of NBA Free Agency

One minute, the NBA Finals were a drama-free sweep, with the Warriors simply superior to LeBron James' undermanned Cavaliers team that had just fallen in Game 4 on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Naturally, not everyone is buying the explanation, pegging it more as an excuse, with many comically questioning the veracity of the revelation considering his ability to carry that heavy-looking bag that he sported when he dashed out on reporters during the series opener's post game conference.

But the thing about the Warriors is, they haven't just blown up the system the National Basketball Association has now, they could be just as much of a problem in a new system that aims to depress salaries.

Television ratings for the game itself tells us a story of a general public that largely tuned it out.

The Warriors have run into James for four consecutive years in the Finals and although they've got the better of him on three occasions, his individual numbers and performances over those four series have been truly remarkable.

When James' initial plan for a $200 million contract was foiled by an obscure rule under the old CBA, he helped the players union change that rule in the new CBA. All around them were Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala and a succession of Warriors who ran around and harassed Cleveland's shooters enough to make life hard. The commissioner would just allow that a more restrictive system is "something we'll continue to look at".

"I've got a big smile on my face right now", Curry said.

"We've been in a position where we could win two out of these three games", said James, who had 33 points and his 10th Finals triple-double in Game 3.

Therefore, I tasked a handful of Blue Man Hoop's writers to provide me with their reasoning as to whether Curry was, in fact, robbed of the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award. It's good for you to be around guys like this.

Durant averaged 28.8 points in the series, along with 10.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists. With James expected to opt out of the final year of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent, Stephen A. Smith of ESPN mentioned seven potential landing spots for the All-Star forward in the upcoming offseason, including the Miami Heat.

Another Summer of LeBron is officially underway and there are already teams stretching from Philadelphia to Los Angeles hoping to land the three-time champion, who may have to go elsewhere to put together a cast strong enough - and as James made clear this week, smart enough - to bring down the Warriors. And that's the reason why I came here - an unselfish environment where they just care about the game. His decision, whatever it is, could mean Kevin Love gets traded.

The final on Friday night was Golden State 108, Cleveland 85. "I know the veterans are going to come back and do exactly what they need to do".

'Understanding how important a game one is on the road for our ball club, what would that have done for us, the way we played, the calls that were made throughout the course of that game.

But it's hard to envision a scenario where James knows where he's going - if anywhere. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, who took a medical leave this season while battling anxiety, said he intends to return.

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