Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

J.R. Smith’s Game 1 gaffe really did break LeBron James

J.R. Smith’s Game 1 gaffe really did break LeBron James

Over the course of his postgame press conference, James reiterated that he's still in "championship mode", a potential problem for a Cleveland team coming off a sweep to the NBA's most talented team.

"I have no idea at this point", James said at the podium after Game 4 ended. As most hoops fans know, James and the Cavs have made four consecutive Finals appearances - a feat this fan wanted to recognize.

LeBron James had returned from Miami. Those are the things we have come to expect as reality, with few teams capable of stopping Golden State's freight train of dominance.

Additionally, Love had his best shooting season with the Cavaliers, knocking down 45.8 percent of his attempts from the field and 41.5 percent from three-point range.

The Celtics, Spurs, Warriors, Clippers and Heat make up the other 5 teams in contention for LBJ, albeit unlikely they'll manage to sign him.

While the Lakers are the new odds leaders, it is interesting to note that the four teams that have been considered the favorites to land James this summer are still at the top of the list.

Cleveland can offer James more money - a five-year, US$209 million contract - than anyone else, but the larger issue is what it can do to improve a roster that's now short on title-winning performance. A five-time All-Star at age 29, Love still has two years remaining on his contract.

And there's also the delicate matter of James' rocky relationship with team owner Dan Gilbert.

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Houston might be a piece or two away from defeating the Warriors, but that piece is not James.

"I mean, for me, I still have so much to give to the game".

"Legally, he may be working for our organisation, but that's not really the case, " Gilbert said.

A mass of humanity lined the streets of downtown Cleveland to meet James and the Cavs during their championship parade.

James was probably feeling emotional following the loss in Game 4.

It may go down as his crowning achievement, or something he wants to feel again.

The last time James left Cleveland it was because he needed a team to help him achieve greatness. However, it's more likely his decision will come sometime after the 2018 NBA Draft (June 21st). He has always said that his family is as big of a consideration as basketball when it comes to deciding where to make a home.

I know he's annoying at times, his flights of ego always revealed whenever he refers to the Cavaliers as "my team" rather than "us".

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