The first "threematch" - rematch of a rematch - in league history.
Cleveland-Golden State 3.0 is the matchup fans worldwide expected and wanted, and James believes they're in for quite a show.
Game 1: Thurday at Warriors, 9 p.m. "I started to focus on myself, on other players and other people around my neighborhood because I never thought that you could get to a point where Mike was". The home team went just 3-3 in 2016, and the Warriors clinched the title at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
A grudge match between Golden State and Cleveland is just flat out better than if the Spurs, Celtics, Rockets, or Wizards had made it to the big series.
Boston's overachieving during the regular season was a welcome sign, but after a pair of first-round exits the last two seasons, the success and failure of the team hinged on how the Celtics fared in the playoffs. So however you want to take that, that's how the season's been. "I know everything happens for a reason, so when my time comes, I know it will come and I'll be - God will bless me". So you have to appreciate it. ...
By the time Gilbert hired Brown back before the 2013-14 season James had already migrated to Miami. Game 1 is scheduled for Thursday, June 1, and the NBA Finals will span 18 days if it goes the full seven games.
Much more of that sort of that will likely follow over the next week, filling time before Golden State plays host to Game 1.
It's also pretty clear that Kyrie Irving is relatively excited to get another crack at the Warriors on the biggest stage.
"I've played against four Hall of Famers as well, too, with Manu (Ginobili), Kawhi (Leonard), Tony (Parker) and Timmy D (Tim Duncan) on the same team", said James, occasionally sniffling as he continues to fight a cold. Just six other players have made it to at least that many in a row, and they all were part of the Celtics' dynasty, which spanned the 1950s into the 1960s. Anything Danny (Ainge) and this organization need me to do to help bring even more talent to this city, I'm all for that. They're going to challenge us a lot, offensively, defensively, mentally, physically. But I think we're ready.More news: Trump Asked Intel Chiefs to Disavow Russian Collusion With His Campaign
That was 10 years ago, leading up to the heavily hyped draft in which the Oden-Durant debate raged throughout basketball. Miami was pushed to a Game 7 twice in the conference finals, by Boston in 2012 and in in 2013.
"It made me look back to see how fast everything can be taken away from me", he said of a postseason experience that began with the death of his younger sister, Chyna, in an April 15 auto accident.
But there's no denying that his accolades are putting him in the orbit of Jordan, his boyhood idol.
They'll collide again, starting next week.
After the team returned from Boston in the wee hours Friday morning, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue didn't go to bed and immediately began working on a game plan to stifle Golden State's powerful, multi-faceted offence.
The Warriors may very well be the most talented team in National Basketball Association history, and they have steamrolled their way through the postseason, becoming the first team in National Basketball Association history to enter the Finals with a 12-0 record.
"My hip's been a little different my whole life".
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said though he's disappointed with how the season ended, he's encouraged that no one in Boston's locker room is satisfied just making it to the conference finals. In last year's finals, Green called James a b**ch, and Thompson took a shot at James in the postgame press conference saying that James' feelings got hurt and it was a man's league, claiming James couldn't handle the heat.