LeBron James: Finals streak ‘never a thought’ when joining Lakers
LeBron James’ personal streak of reaching the NBA Finals may very well come to an end this season with his move to the Los Angeles Lakers. While such a sudden ending is a strong likelihood — although not certain — James insists the impressive testament to his dominance of the league never was a source of contemplation during his free agency process.
“Nah, that was never a thought. I don’t really buy into [defeat]. I feel like with me on the floor, I can compete versus anybody individually,” James said, via Yahoo’s Chris Haynes. “But at the end of the day, in order to win, your teams have to be great. Individuals are very great, but in order to win a championship, you have to have great teams.”
James has remarkably played in the last eight Finals, a stretch which spans his stint with the Miami Heat and his celebrated return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. A reflective James, while proud of the accomplishment, stated that all good things must come to an end at some point.
“[The Finals streak] means a lot. To have a streak of anything is significant. Games played, threes made, Finals appearances,” James said. “These are things that you can always talk about when you get older and are done with the game, but at the end of the day, they all come to an end.”
James’ Finals streak of course came in the Eastern Conference. Despite a move to a the loaded Western Conference, James refuses to make any definitive East vs. West comparisons, knowing full well that it’s on him to one day lead the Lakers to the promised land. James said he’s eager to help develop the young players on the Lakers’ roster and he’s “willing to learn with them” at the same time.
But that will only go so far, however.
“I’m going to be as patient as I can be,” James said.
And if history is any indication, that’s not very patient.