But since then, he has seen the Cavaliers trade All-Star guard Kyrie Irving to the Celtics, the departure of general manager David Griffin and back-to-back Finals losses to the Warriors. The East might be a wild race, with Toronto, Philadelphia and Boston probably all likely to enter the year thinking they have NBA Finals potential - as will any team that has James on its roster next fall.
After LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers lost the NBA Finals on Friday night, Charles Barkley wants to shut down any and all comparisons to Michael Jordan for good. "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". "All I know is they're the two best players that I've ever witnessed".
"The fact that they got here surprised me, frankly".
"I don't even know where I was". Here are all the details on the 2018 Dub Nation Celebration Overcoming obstacles all season long, the Warriors were not going to be denied and won the fourth straight finals matchup against Cleveland easily. That might have given Durant the MVP edge. "I'm going to try to hold onto it for as long as I can".
Not everyone has a negative thought on Durant and his choices. But now after being swept by the Warriors, what's next for LeBron James moving forward? "Any question that kind of talks about the future and whatnot, you don't want to cheat the moment. So they have a lot of talent". In the 1974-1975 season, the underdog Warriors side led by Ricky Barry upstaged their heavy favourite Washington Bullets counterparts by emerging triumphant in the first four of the best-of-seven titular series.
When it was all over Friday night, there was both an arrogance and a humility to Durant - both understandable.
But - allegedly, police are still investigating - a group of Cavalier fans took out their frustrations in the worst way possible, jumping and beating up a pair of Warrior fans walking through Cleveland after Game 4.
Seat Pleasant, Maryland, is a little town just outside of Washington.
The victor receives the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy, which was named after the former National Basketball Association commissioner in 1984.
"I mean, we all know that", Lue said.
"I feel indebted to the game". It changed my life.
"Individual accolades, they're awesome and when you get to experience what that feels like, it's a validation of all the hard work that you put into it. But to travel the world and meet different people, and go to different arenas and different cities and countries around the world, I'm just forever grateful for this opportunity". "Sometimes you can give everything you've got and still come up short".
Disproving doubters, disproving critics, that's just a bonus.
"We all want something that's bigger than ourselves". They finished second to the Rockets in the regular season, then had to overcome a 3-2 deficit in the Western Conference finals and win a Game 7 on the Rockets' court just to reach the NBA Finals.