James weighed in on the constant comparison to Jordan and his desire to create a comparable legacy to the National Basketball Association legend prior to Game 5 on Thursday night - calling it a "personal goal" and explaining that the chase keeps him motivated.
The NBA limits salaries for individual players, meaning an already-stacked Warriors team could only offer as much money for Kevin Durant as any other team that doesn't have a shot at winning a title. I shot fadeaways before I should have. I wore black and red shoes with white socks. I think you've found two great teams.
"I've always told you guys, anytime I'm linked to any of the greats, even the greatest in Mike, it's just an honor", James told reporters Thursday morning with the milestone looming. But it will be post-career, though. "So that's the first thing I picked". But what LeBron has done in the past, and what he's doing right now is pretty staggering in itself.
For his 179 playoff games, Jordan's numbers were 33.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.7 helpers on 48% shooting. We just wanted to build good habits and have fun playing some basketball, man. I never thought that you could get to a point where Mike was.
"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.
Nothing like your teammates sitting up with you and taking a selfie at the postgame podium!
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James was asked whether he could envision a rematch with the Celtics in next year's East finals. He's 32-years-old and 14 seasons into his career.
"We all need to soak this up". This is a great moment, and this is not promised. The first one came on the opening possession of the second half, and it was awfully reminiscent of the Game 7 dagger over Curry.
The Warriors became the first team in league history to open the playoffs 12-0, which provides them with a week of rest prior to their third straight finals appearance. They knew I wasn't going to sit out until I couldn't move no more. "It's too stressful and I'm not stressed right now". "I know I said a few things in the media about the situation he was going through, but I was happy to see him, give him a big hug from myself and my family".
"The best team in our league the last three years", James said of the Warriors.
"I want to win a championship", Thomas said "And being so close to getting to the finals, that makes you want it that much more".
James isn't there yet, but if he pulls this off - beating the Golden State Warriors again - there will be no further reason to deny him. The Warriors offense was up 3-1 against this same Cavs team past year before it all came crashing down.
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook installed Golden State as a minus-260 favorite, with Cleveland at plus-220, meaning a $100 bet on the Warriors would win $38.46 and the same bet on the Cavaliers would win $220, according to ESPN.