For the first time in the playoffs, the Cavaliers played like a defeated team. The only question is: Why aren't the Bulls in the race for LeBron James?
But when it comes down to it, he also knows there will be one final decision-maker.
They won't have anything to lose since King James will not return to Cleveland next season unless they make more roster changes, which translate into getting rid of Smith. Now the Cavaliers have lost to the Golden State Warriors for the second time in a row in the National Basketball Association finals, everyone is wondering where James will sign this offseason. Did it also end Lebron James' second run with the Cavaliers?
His next stop is unknown.
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LeBron James is being honored as a gamer - on and off the floor.
He could be an integral part of Cleveland's next season with James. The Cavaliers need LeBron and if he leaves they could decide to blow up the roster and start a rebuild. "But after a game like that, I'm not in any position to talk about that".
He's still into hanging banners.
As for the Warriors, they had a good defense and duo of sharpshooters with a splashy nickname, but Vegas gave them no better than 20-1 odds to win the title after being bounced in the first round a year earlier.More news: IHOP to IHOB name change ‘dumbest’ move ever, brand experts warn
Only Wilt, whose records, statistical marvels, rings, two MVPs and the fervor which those who watched him spoke of his dominance is given consideration for a top-five spot of all-time.
Prior to the game, Marc Stein wrote only "pleading from family" was what it would take for LeBron to stay with the Cavaliers.
And he added some juice to the sales pitch. James already owns two homes and a film production company in Los Angeles, where the star could become a supernova. The Trail Blazers have a great guard duo in CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard, but it needs another option to topple the likes of Golden State and Houston. James was willing to disregard the incidents with Gilbert for his hometown. The two have co-existed purely on business terms since patching things up after Gilbert eviscerated James when he bolted for Miami.
In Games 2, 3 and 4, James scored 29, 33 and 23 points, respectively, as his team was swept by Golden State. "He's more of your partner, really".More news: Microsoft announces Halo Infinite at E3 2018
It may go down as his crowning achievement, or something he wants to feel again.
James, still focused on the opponent in front of him, lauded the Warriors. He found it with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, and he came back a different man, ready to build his legacy. He played more minutes than any other player in the league and he scored more than 40 points eight times this postseason.
There's a tug-of-war going on between James' brain and heart.
"It's going to be tougher (to win a title) if he goes to the West", Sherman said.More news: 'Judy Moody' Actor Jackson Odell Dead at 20
"I get asked all the time about MJ, LeBron, and it's such a hard question to ask", Kerr told reporters following Game 4.
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