LeBron could only hope that the Warriors would receive a similar call.
Mindful of last year's missed chance at a flawless playoff run, the Warriors expect their toughest NBA Finals challenge from Cleveland on Friday, June 8 (Saturday, June 9) as they chase a series sweep.
James is not winning in Cleveland, not as the Cavaliers are constituted.
"No team has ever come back from 3-1 either, and we did it", Lue said, referring to the Cavs' comeback to stun the Warriors in the 2016 Finals.
James left to a standing ovation after playing 41 of the game's first 44 minutes.
'The only thing is with my kids getting older, that's the only thing that kind of stops me from going as long as I'd like to, ' he said. But the general feeling around the league is James is gone. Spin that as an indictment of the Warriors if you will, but Golden State did only what it was supposed to: amass the best talent possible, withstand the forces of division and dominate most every opponent. The Heat, Warriors and Celtics also have been mentioned.
"Klay just Googled himself and it says three-time champion already", Green said as he sat next to Klay Thompson after Game 4, the Wikipedia world having already updated pages with the Warriors' latest championship accomplishment. "I still want to be in championship mode". This time it was Durant's Warriors doing the sweeping. "Going through it, the trial and error is only going to make you a better player".
Who will LeBron James be playing for next season? He could return to Miami, a place he still loves.
We'll see if Embiid's pitch works out this summer.
That team essentially was built from scratch.
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A disappointed James is widely expected to leave the Cavaliers this summer, for the second time. He likely will do the same with his good friend Chris Paul. He can orchestrate things almost as well off the court as he does on it.
If so, then perhaps the pull of family will keep him in Cleveland. James could sign a five-year deal worth more than $205 million with the Cavaliers. For years now, the Western Conference has been harder to get through. It sounds as if he wants to get paid.
Other teams could emerge. The Warriors, in turn, made his limits abundantly clear.
You can't rule out Paul and James uniting with the Lakers either. James' window of greatness will close, someday.
If the Spurs can sort out their issues with Kawhi Leonard, bringing in James would launch San Antonio back into the realm of championship contention.
Months of weight will lifted off him once the Warriors, who haven't lost four straight games since 2013, are crowned again. Rockets GM Daryl Morey is consumed with beating the Warriors, so he will do whatever it takes to do that. The Warriors blew them out in two of the final three games. They will add pieces. As it turned out, James missed Irving more than Irving missed James. In this series, it was James, Love and a group of role players trying to do the unthinkable.
Cavaliers: James scored 748 points in the playoffs, the second most in a postseason behind Jordan, who scored 759 in 1992.
Al Iannazzone has been covering the Knicks and the National Basketball Association for Newsday since January 2012 after following the National Basketball Association for 11 years for The Record (N.J.).