Kyrie Irving just moved to Boston to move out of James' shadow and become the leader of a time.
Stephen Curry lead Golden State with 37 points. "I remember sitting in this room three years ago; it seemed like a dream".
Winning the title is the most important thing to the Warriors but Curry will surely feel a small sense of disappointment as he was definitely deserving of being crowned the best player in the Finals on this occasion. "I hope that doesn't sound arrogant".
"A 3-0 lead and we just kind of laid an egg".
"Every season is very different", Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. "But it was hard".
This summer, James is expected to talk to Paul George, see where he is going and figure out if there's an opportunity to go to the same place.
Kerr added: "I just want to congratulate Cleveland on an wonderful season".
"I've got a big smile on my face right now", Curry said.
The NBA season started earlier than the previous norms this year, part of the league's initiative to add days to the schedule in order to limit back-to-backs and help get players more rest during the 82-game regular season grind.
Jun 8, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (middle) celebrates with forward Kevon Looney (left) an guard Nick Young (right) after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena.
"But what [coach Tyronn Lue] did with his group and obviously what LeBron [James] does night after night is just incredible".
The Warriors have morphed into a shot-making, scoreboard-breaking behemoth stacked from top to bottom with Hall of Fame-level talent like Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. He got seven of the 11 votes cast by the media, with Curry getting the other four.
Still tired and wrestling with emotions after losing Game 3 on Wednesday night, when Kevin Durant scored 43 points and shot the Warriors within one win of their third title in four years, James pointed out Thursday what has become terrifyingly obvious.
They overcame deficits of 17 and 15 points against Houston in the final two games of the Western Conference finals, the second of those on the Rockets' home floor. "I knew that even if I wasn't feeling a hundred percent, I had to get back for the playoffs". This is a man who averaged a league-leading 36.9 minutes per game this season and carried his team to a Finals appearance that was anything but guaranteed. It was all about let's win championships together, and that's what this is about.
"You guys like this brace, huh?"
While the National Basketball Association is not entirely immune to upsets, it is hard to see another team solving a Warriors squad which boasts an offence that rivals the greatest in the league's history.
James scored 23 points in Game 4. It was revealed after the loss that he played through a right hand contusion, which was a byproduct of punching a whiteboard following a heartbreaking Game 1.