LeBron James' legacy and context

The Golden State Warriors including owner Peter Guber hold up the NBA Finals trophy after the Warriors’ 129-120 win in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday

The Golden State Warriors including owner Peter Guber hold up the NBA Finals trophy after the Warriors’ 129-120 win in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday

As the Golden State Warriors bask in the glow of their second NBA Championship in three years, 29 other teams across the U.S. Barring something insane happening, like a major injury and/or an unexpected member of one of the team's cores demanding a trade, we're probably getting this again.

Three seasons, three Finals, one championship, and a whole bunch of history later, James is nearing a crossroads, maybe the last crossroads of his illustrious, 14-year career which he's said he intends on finishing in Cleveland.

"We don't need or want to be talked about", Danny Green once said.

Durant drove left, right and down the middle, knocked down 3-pointers, dished and dunked. I put in work, I just had to trust in it.

Rumors that the biggest free agents want to play for the Los Angeles Lakers seem to surface every summer, but the noise about LeBron James' potential desire to wear purple and gold are starting to get too loud to ignore.

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You couldn't help but wonder what Kevin Durant was thinking last night as the clock ticked down to the NBA Championship.

But as the Warriors sealed a 4-1 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers - gaining revenge having collapsed from 3-1 up against the same opponents a year ago - Durant's switch has been vindicated. In addition, he also became the first player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double in a Finals series, averaging 33.6 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists per game against the Warriors.

"I just wanted to lay it all out there".

Then again, James said after Game 5 "not one time did I feel like we were overmatched" in the Finals.

James did all he could during the Finals but even with him averaging a triple-double the Cavaliers, who lost the best-of-seven series in five games, were no match for a Warriors team with an embarrassment of riches.

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As it turned out, the regular season and playoffs went just as everyone imagined they would, with Golden State conquering everyone in sight. His loss at the hands of Golden State moved him to 3-5 in his eight trips to the finals.

Cleveland battled back to keep the score close heading into the fourth quarter, but Golden State proved to be too much down the stretch. I have no reason to look back at what I could have done or what I shouldn't have done or what I could have done better for the team.

"You've got to call Kevin Durant a champion now", Warriors guard and two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry said.

So what kind of numbers would a Spurs-Cavaliers matchup have produced for the Finals? I'll have that mindset, KD's going to have that mindset, I know Dre, Shaun, all the guys that are up for negotiating a new contract.

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