McElroy | LeBron James isn't leaving the Cavaliers - yet

Posted June 11, 2017

During his pro career, he was a five-time National Basketball Association champion and was also named the NBA's Most Valuable Player three times. "But in the future, do not be surprised if LeBron James. he didn't sign a lifetime contract". "How can I make these guys champions?'" But those moves could also end up being the reason LeBron develops wandering eyes over the next year.

The reporter replied, "I don't know, people observed that to me." to which LeBron gave a huge smile and simply said, "Ahhhhhh, people".

After letting the word hang in the air for a moment, LeBron asked to the reporter "Do I look exhausted?" before another reporter could jump in.

There is no way of knowing if LeBron would have made that shot if he got it airborne.

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The poetic justice of Iguodala blocking LeBron, after James did the same to Andre in Game 7 of the Finals previous year, made the play even more interesting, as did the fact that James's foot made contact in an upwards kicking motion with Iguodala's groin area on the play. He hasn't attacked the basket as consistently in the second half of games and has given up easy baskets for Durant throughout the series.

Last year, Green was suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals for his repeated flagrant fouls in the playoffs.

It worked in 2016, as the Cavs rallied from a 3-1 deficit against the Golden State Warriors and captured the title in seven games. However, it doesn't look it will be enough to knock off the Warriors going forward if they keep all of their players.

Iguodala played a key role during the Warriors' meeting with Durant as he told him to do whatever makes him happy whether that's with Golden State or somewhere else.

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But once Golden State finishes off James and the Cavs, the questions will begin.

Or James could come to the realization that leaving Cleveland a second time would simply be one heel turn too many. Game 3 of the NBA Finals felt like one because of the way it ended, the fast-furious run of 11 points after J.R.'s three.

We will find out in Game 4 on Friday night if the series really ended at the end of Game 3. That's more than all but a handful of all-time players, with only Dirk Nowitzki (54,568) ahead of him among active players (assuming Nowitzki will be back for the 2017-18 season, as planned).

But as we know, LeBron did go back. Wasn't destiny. Just sports.

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