LeBron James says has beaten stacked teams like Warriors before

Two seasons ago, the Cavaliers were without two of their top three players (Irving and Love) due to season-ending injuries.

The Warriors are stomach-churning scary. You talk about longevity and just being able to play at a high level for a long period of time and I've been fortunate enough to be able to do that, and to be able to take 2 franchises to 4 Finals apiece. After all, he has slayed behemoths before.

Is this the biggest challenge of his career?

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) drives against Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) during the first half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Cleveland.

Because of James and his teammates, the Cavaliers are bound for the NBA Finals for the third straight season.

"It's probably up there", he said.

"I wouldn't share a podium with him because I think tonight is a night where he deserves to be on his own", Love said. They're also coached by Gregg Popovich, who could be the greatest National Basketball Association coach of all-time.

"This is a high powered team.it's going to be very challenging not only on me mentally but on our ballcub and on our franchise". Those guys are going to challenge me. This is a high-powered team and I've played against some other (stiff competition).

James has been here before when it comes to facing loaded teams - the San Antonio Spurs in the 2007, 2013 and 2014 Finals immediately came to mind. I've played against Ray (Allen), KG (Kevin Garnett), Paul (Pierce), (Rajon) Rondo and Doc (Rivers).

Former Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and Cleveland's LeBron James never got the opportunity to compete in the Finals, even though the last 10 Finals have included either Bryant or James.

"As you can see in our play, especially in his play, he's been the driving force this whole, entire playoff run", Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving said.

Many believe this year's Golden State Warriors squad will be the ultimate test of LeBron James' illustrious career. So, it's the right thing to do. Obviously adding an MVP to a team that already has a two-time MVP makes them even more impressive.

On the brink of becoming the first player since the early 1960s to play in seven straight Finals, James finds himself in a similar - and somewhat surprising - situation.

In fact, when James passed Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan for the most points scored in NBA Playoffs history Thursday night, they were the ones celebrating the accomplishment, including forward Kevin Love throwing up his arms in jubilant celebration as the record-breaking three-pointer swished.

For the sixth time, James enters the Finals as an underdog, hardly a role he's accustomed to before June. In the second year of the Big Three era in Miami, the Heat were looking to avenge their 2011 Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

James isn't anxious about point spreads or any odds. They lost 3 consecutive games, and the nation rejoiced in the failure of James nearly one year after the Decision 1.0. Maybe it was the way Pat Riley treated him or perhaps what that series taught James about his team.

"I feel good about our chances", James said.

  • Julie Sanders