There was a bit of an elephant in the room after the Cavaliers lost to the Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals with a seemingly unbeatable core of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Will LeBron James ever beat them?
Reporters danced around the question, and James offered an honest answer to remind us the difficult situation he’s in — one that all other 29 teams are in.
Reporter: 32 years old, 14 years in the league, and now there's this team out west that's won championships two out of the last three years. How do you view them when you look at what your future is in the league?
LeBron James: I just need to sit down and figure this thing out. I don’t know about me personally right now, but as far as this team, they’re going to be around for a while. Pretty much all their big-named guys are in their 20s and they don’t show any signs of slowing down. There’s gonna be a lot of teams that are going to try and figure to put personnel together to try and match that if they’re able to face them in a playoff series — both Eastern Conference and Western Conference. They’re built in my eyes to last for a few years. We’ll see.
There’s no immediate answer on the table. The Cavs don’t have much room financially to add another star. Right now it seems like the only way to beat the Warriors is if someone gets injured.
That won’t be LeBron’s plan next season.
But what will be?