The 108-85 loss to the Warriors on June 8 exposed just how inferior the Cavaliers are to Golden State, and that's with James on the team.
That brings us to the question of why we bother watching the National Basketball Association anymore if we know who is going to be the best team in conference each year, and it is for the hope and pride for our city.
Are NBA fans now in line for "The Decision 2", a follow-up to the now infamous media tour James and his entourage staged prior to him leaving Cleveland for Miami in 2010?
Even though the Cavaliers were much better than the Pacers, I still trashed-talked with my friends in hope of a Pacers win. Even Warriors' coach Steve Kerr chimed in on the conversation later on in the evening, avoiding a direct comparison, but highlighting the greatness found in both players.
"I always wanted to be here, always wanted to win here", he said before Game 4 of the Finals. I know the Knicks stink but they're a storied franchise with cap room, the No. 9 pick and a blossoming superstar in Kristaps Porzingis still playing on a rookie contract. "But when you have something to be excited about when you wake up in the morning and you have a great family like I do, it's all worth it". "You guys asked me this previous year", said James, whose averages of 34.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10.0 assists went for naught over the four-game defeat. As much as LeBron understandably believes in his ability to lift a team up - again, look at the roster he just dragged to the Finals - going into that deep Western Conference makes it far more likely his incredible streak of eight straight Finals appearances comes to an end. Fresh off an unexpected run to the Eastern Conference Finals where it took the Cavaliers to seven games, Boston will have its two best players back next year when Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward return from season-ending injuries. Will he decide to stay home and re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers or will he take his talents somewhere else?
Warriors overwhelms Cavs, sweep NBA Finals
But the Warriors used a late burst to push their advantage back to nine points at halftime, and the Cavaliers never got closer. The Warriors completed a sweep of the Cavs with a 108-85 victory on Friday. \ Steve Kerr didn't hesitate to keep things real.
"Anything is possible", Love said. "I can't share that info but we've been number one in sales for the National Basketball Association for the last four years", said Jeff Knepp, Warriors retail manager.
My example for pride might be a bit different, but bear with me.
"They start over", Windhorst said of the Cavaliers.
LeBron is, of course, the main man in Cleveland, while Durant plays alongside a superteam of Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson. At this point, it's hard to imagine that the Thunder would move on from the 29-year-0ld given that he's in the prime of his career and one of the top players in the league.
Now make no mistake, I'm an unabashed LeBron apologist.