LeBron James may have missed the chance at being league-wide MVP for the past two seasons, but he’s has something that even Steph Curry may never achieve – his sixth consecutive appearance in the NBA Finals. Regardless of the seasons spread between the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers, James has proven he’s a powerhouse small forward with the ability to elevate the playing levels of those around him.
“I am just very humbled and gracious that the man above has given me the opportunity to play the game that I love,” said James after the Cavaliers took the Eastern Conference 4-2 over the Toronto Raptors. ” I get to go out here and do it every single night in front of my fans. It is very emotional to be a part of something like this. This is my sixth straight. It means everything.”
Since he was drafted by the Cavaliers back in 2003 as the first overall pick, James has racked up career statistics like a .498 field goal percentage, .340 field goal percentage, and 26,833 total points in 987 games.
While James has put up stellar numbers over the past 13 years, he has yet to win a championship ring with the Cavaliers since he rejoined them two years ago, as they lost it to the Golden State Warriors last season due to insurmountable injuries to impact players like Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.
“It’s definitely a different feeling,” James said. “Having these guys right here at full strength, having our team at full strength, and the way I feel personally, I appreciate this moment, to be able to be a part of it and to be there once again. I didn’t appreciate last year myself personally on getting to the Finals. Just so much was going on in my mind… with injuries all the way from the first round.”
For now, the Cavaliers wait to take on the winner of the Western Conference Finals which could be determined by Sunday if the Warriors are unable to push game seven against the Oklahoma City Thunder. But one thing is for certain, the Cavaliers are healthy and ready to win their first championship title in franchise history.