LeBron James and the Cavaliers are on the brink of being swept and eliminated in the NBA Finals by the Golden State Warriors for a second year in a row.
With his back up against the wall, James has been reflecting on his eighth straight trip to the championship series and those that have helped him along with way.
James won the first two of his three championships in Miami playing with Heat stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
James and Wade are great friends and were teammates again briefly this season before the latter was traded back to the Heat in February.
King James told reporters recently he still wishes Wade was playing with the Cavs.
“Not only from a brotherhood aspect and what we know about one another, [but] also from an experience factor,” James said.
“I believe that he would have been very, very good for us in the postseason. He’s a guy that’s kind of built for the postseason at this point in his career, who lives for the moment.
“So [I] definitely, definitely think about that. It seems so long ago that he was even a part of this ballclub, but [I] definitely think about it from time to time.”
James passed Michael Jordan for the most 30-point games in NBA playoff history by scoring 33 points Wednesday and critics say James has been let down by the poor play of his current teammates — many of them new with little playoff experience.
It’s easy to see why James misses his Heat teammates.
“I played with D-Wade, I played with Bosh in the Olympics. I knew D-Wade for years. I knew their minds. I knew how they thought the game, more than just playing the game,” James said.
“Obviously, we all knew their talent, but I knew their minds as well. So I linked up with them. We went to Miami. Got some other great minds in Mike Miller; UD (Udonis Haslem) is a great mind but also a competitor. And guys that were talents. You build that talent. That’s what you want to try to do.”
There’s a chance James could re-join the Heat this summer as he is expected to opt-out of his contract and join another team. Miami is listed as the third-favorites, according to one sportsbook.
LeBron James' team for 2018-19 regular season. Odds via @BetDSI
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