"So you wouldn't hold your head down, but you would be like, 'OK, it's just not my time'". Most times it doesn't.
James even did it again when he went back to Cleveland.
Kevin Durant was named MVP of the Finals and dedicated the award to his mother, who appeared alongside him on the court following the big win. "The toughest challenge was to come in here and see how I can help this team get better", Durant said. "As a student of the game, it would be a disservice to myself if I didn't try to learn as much as possible while I'm playing with this guy".
Curry said he has his own preference on the matter.
James has taken his teams, in Miami and now Cleveland, to seven consecutive finals.
"It has been a insane year for me". James averaged a triple-double of points, rebounds and assists over the five games, a first for the NBA's championship series. "I might call him and say, 'If they ask, just say our schedules conflicted.' And then if y'all write something, we'll say, 'Fake News'".
Coach Steve Kerr cried. "He was incredible all season long". "We're going to keep you safe". I'm happy for him. Along the way, it will be hard to retain key role players like Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. Still, he insisted he had another notch to raise his game, and he certainly found it.
But the two indelible moments in these finals were not as favorable to James.
He's sporting a new haircut, as well. He can't do it alone. She said 'look at me, boy, look at... boy!' - Yo momma was about to spank yo ass.
As O'Connor notes, Cavs GM David Griffin acknowledged the possibility of James leaving this year while discussing how the Cavs have traded future draft picks for win-now players.
Curry embraced Durant's arrival after the Warriors dropped last year's finals to Cleveland in seven games, an unselfish attitude that reflected Durant's desires and created an inside-outside pairing that was almost unstoppable. Nothing should distract from what we were able to accomplish together. But this is not an individual sport. "That's not going to happen, we're having too much fun for that".
This is a major start.
Durant, the finals' most valuable player, is 28. "And he showed that".
They weren't so Golden in their lone blemish, a Game 4 loss when they played some of the poorest defense in Finals history to spoil a ideal postseason.