LeBron James feels the Cleveland Cavaliers’ chance of beating the Golden State Warriors is “very good” despite being labeled as the underdogs heading into the NBA Finals 2017. However, “The King” believes no matter what the outcome, people will start appreciating his career.
“I think it’s going to be great for my legacy, once I’m done playing the game and can look back on the game and say, ‘Oh, this guy went to three straight Finals, four straight Finals, five, six whatever,'” James said. “I think it’s great to be talked about, see what I was able to accomplish as an individual. When you talk about longevity and being able to just play at a high level for a long period of time, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do that and be a part of two franchises that … being able to take two franchises to four Finals apiece … no one has ever done that, either, so I’m always happy and proud … I’ve always been proud to be part of the biggest stage in our league, and it’s the Finals.”
LeBron James, Cavs enjoying the label as the “underdogs”
LeBron James will be entering the NBA Finals for the seventh consecutive season. Since his return to Cleveland, the Cavaliers immediately became a title contender. They faced the same opponent, Golden State Warriors, for the past three seasons. Last year, the Cavaliers succeeded to win their first NBA championship title. They embarrassed the 73-9 win Warriors after overcoming a 3-1 deficit.
However, in 2016 offseason, the Warriors upgraded their roster with the acquisition of former MVP, Kevin Durant. Since KD arrived, the Warriors become the top favorite to win the 2017 NBA championship title. On paper, there is no doubt that the Warriors have a more loaded roster than the Cavaliers.
They have two former MVPs ( Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry), NBA All-Stars (Klay Thompson and Draymond Green), and the “LeBron James stopper” (Andre Iguodala). However, facing a formidable foe isn’t new to James. According to ESPN’s Dave McMennamin, six of the eight times James’ teams have reached the Finals, they’ve been the underdog. Instead of being pressured, James and the Cavaliers will use the underdog label as a motivation to perform well in the NBA Finals.
NBA Finals 2017 Game 1: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors
Game 1 of the NBA Finals 2017 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors will be on June 1 at the Oracle Arena. Here is the preview for Game 1:
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