Remember back when LeBron left the world seated on the edge of their seats for a bizarre event known as The Decision? It kind of sounds like a ridiculously dramatic Lifetime movie that leaves you reaching for the Kleenex by the end, and for all those who weren’t Miami Heat fans, that’s exactly what they did. After teaming up with superstars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, King James boasted that together they would win “not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven…” titles. Apparently, they’d win more. How’s that working out for you, Bron Bron?
After winning two rings as part of Miami’s big three, one against the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012 and the second against the San Antonio Spurs in 2013, LeBron James returned home to the team that drafted him: The Cleveland Cavaliers. He would yet again be part of a big three, with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love supporting his mission to take the team he arguably abandoned to the Finals and beyond. However, with season-ending injuries to both teammates in the playoffs, James was left with a somewhat depleted team to face the top-seed Golden State Warriors.
You know how the story goes. MVP Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors win the finals 4-2, leaving James shuddering with nightmares, according to the King himself. He told Bleacher Report radio, “I just don’t ever feel like you move on from losing in the Finals because you feel like you’re right there and feel like you have the opportunity to do something special.”
It’s interesting to note that Irving recently commented that had he and Love been healthy, he has no doubt that the Cavaliers would have beaten the Warriors. In comparison, James said it would have given them a much better chance, but both teams still have to get on the court and play the game. “It still doesn’t guarantee you a championship if all guys are healthy.” And apparently, neither does being the best player in the world. James certainly has the experience to know better.
For LeBron this will be the fourth time he has lost in the Finals, after appearing in six including the last five Finals series. That’s a lot of nightmares to try and shake off, but there’s two things keeping him optimistic this offseason.
Anyone would relish in the opportunities and joys of being a father to three loving kids. They “don’t allow me to not be happy,” James said. His family will certainly be the source of his recovery this offseason, but there’s little time for rest unfortunately. James just recently re-signed with the Cavaliers on a two year $46.9 million contract. With Irving and Love in the process of recovering from their respective injuries, the Cavs are certainly favored to win the East, but can they overcome the West, stacked with talent in the San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, and a healthy Oklahoma City Thunder.
Let’s see if LeBron can at least make good on his promise for three rings before we get too hasty.