The Golden State Warriors expect to see Steve Kerr return as coach for the defence of their National Basketball Association title despite health issues that kept him sidelined for most of the playoffs. I broke down so I couldn't really finish my speech.
While I still hoped and believed Lebron could lift the Cavaliers to another championship, in reality, they never had a chance.
The two-time US Olympic gold medallist scored more than 30 points in each of the five games - the first player since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000 for the LA Lakers - and averaged 35.2 per game across the series.
James scored 41 points with 13 rebounds and eight assists.
He was asked postgame to compare the 2015 Finals win to the current one.
"When the final numbers come in, we'll probably see that this was the most socially engaged NBA Finals ever", he said.
There aren't usually words for that kind of sacrifice, but Kevin Durant found just the right ones, when he gave his mom a tearful shoutout in his acceptance speech for the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award three years ago. Durant came to the Warriors to be the guy who could allow them to meet and overcome James's unrelenting talent and will.
Irving finished 9/22 from the floor with 26 points and four turnovers after a 40-point night in Game 4.
"I couldn't sleep for two days", Durant, who was named the Finals MVP, said during an on-court interview. "I'm trying to build a second part of my life as a man living in a different part of the country, just trying to do different things", he told The Washington Post earlier this year.
"NBA players have just larger personalities, compared to those in the other major sports and that plays well on social media, for better or for worse", he said.