LeBron James opens up on relationship with Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert

Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson NBA Finals

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts in the last seconds of play against the Boston Celtics during the second half in game seven of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. The Warriors got the nod from 24 of 24 ESPN experts; 15 envision a five-game series and one sees a sweep. Every championship contender worth a damn had to have a small lineup for Golden State, or at the very least a very mobile center, because otherwise they stood no shot at defending Curry on the perimeter.

"It would have been tremendous stories all throughout the Finals, recognition of coaches, recognition of players, and appreciation for the long, hard struggle to get to this level and then to finally get there", Jackson, who is calling his 10th NBA Finals, said of the just-missed scenario. But for me, I understand and I know how much I put into the game.

"I was like, 'OK I am not quite sure what we are going to do with this ball club, we are not playing good basketball, ' but you can't sell yourself short", James added. James will be playing in the best-of-7 series for an eighth straight season and is looking for his fourth NBA Championship in that span and second with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Michael won six. So what?

"Teams have had their opportunities to beat the Cavs over the last four years", he said, per USA Today.

Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will have to step up defensively, but they can also probably make up for the lack of depth with 3-point shooting.

How They Got Here: Cleveland beat No. 5 IN 4-3, No. 1 Toronto 4-0 and No. 2 Boston 4-3 for the Eastern Conference title. A big three consisting of James, Paul and James Harden could be enough to dethrone Golden State in the Western Conference.




Hey, while we're at it, maybe San Antonio would've knocked off the champs previous year in the Western Conference finals if not for Zaza Pachulia sliding under Kawhi Leonard's bum ankle in Game 1.

"I know he looks great". Asked whether or not his relationship with Gilbert would indeed factor into his upcoming free agency, James offered little more than a cryptic smile.

Golden State might feel it, but it's not visible.

But I don't see Cleveland winning more than one round ... if any.

We can keep going, but the point is, when it comes to volume and efficiency, the National Basketball Association has never seen a shooter like Steph Curry.

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