"And they've added an unbelievable player in Kevin Durant this year".
"I'm going to be honest", James told reporters in Boston on Thursday.
For the record, James feels quite confident about evening his career Finals record to 4-4 with a win over Golden State. Like, am I the reason that they're not that good?
"The best team in our league the last three years", James said of the Warriors.
LeBron James is advancing to his seventh straight NBA Finals and his eighth overall. Based on his comments from last night, he wants his team to be able to enjoy this moment and not take it for granted, and over the next week they'll prepare to take on "that juggernaut out West". There were also other cameos during the series with the Celtics, such as Devon William's 14 points in 17 minutes in Game 5.
The Warriors may very well be the most talented team in National Basketball Association history, and they have steamrolled their way through the postseason, becoming the first team in National Basketball Association history to enter the Finals with a 12-0 record. "We need to understand the privilege that we have and the opportunity that we have to play in the Finals again, to have the opportunity to win a championship". "We have to be ready for the challenge".
For Durant, this trip ends a five-year wait. The only time he won a championship as a Finals favorite was with Miami in 2013, when the Heat upended the Spurs for their second straight title.
"First of all, I don't get involved in the hype", James said.
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The Warriors are in fine form themselves and boast a 12-0 record in these playoffs, but if the Cavs' dominance of Boston is anything to go by, they ought to be wary.
LeBron James was asked Sunday to compare the threat the Warriors present to all the other challenges he has faced in his career.
"It's a little different, definitely".
"Whatever they have to do to continue to play at - not just a normal level - at an MVP level, that's what I've been on the doctors about", he said.
Notes: Center Zaza Pachulia, who missed Games 3 and 4 at San Antonio in the Western Conference finals with a bruised right heel, is back going through full practices in preparation to play in his first career Finals. Every night was challenging, and you can't just sleepwalk through a season, sleepwalk through the playoffs and expect to be here. "We have a bigger goal in mind". More episodes means more time to watch characters navigate situations, more time for narrow character windows to grow a little bigger, more time for weird plot turns and more time for storylines to pivot yet again. Can Durant win his first? Cleveland's Love is tied with Golden State's Klay Thompson at 40-1. How will Cleveland try to contain Curry?
This all comes up because Brown once helmed the Cavaliers and will now face them as an assistant an assistant who has stepped up in Steve Kerr's absence.
"I've been very blessed the last few years to be a part of this league and play on the big stage", James said.
Try as it might to encourage parity among its 30 teams, the National Basketball Association will showcase the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers for the third consecutive spring when the Finals tip off on Thursday night (ABC, 9 p.m. ET) - and the league couldn't possibly do any better.
The Warriors have a star-studded roster led by two former league MVPs in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant and a team that enters Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday having lost only one game since March 11.