LeBron James on a fast break is pretty much the scariest thing going on these days in the National Basketball Association.
But the Durant-led Warriors are not the 2016 Warriors, which seems to shorten the window on James delivering more championships.
As good and as entertaining Golden State is to watch, a team that is most deserving of pulling off a 16-for-16 sweep, the runaway this season has become does beg the question of what happens next in a league known for its dynasties. When LeBron James says in the Game 3 postgame news conference that Golden State has "probably the most firepower I've played against in my career", this series, to borrow from the legendary Chick Hearn, is in the refrigerator. "Special player", and "One of the greatest that has ever laced them up". They're a bad team, period. But LeBron is one of the most cerebral athletes in history, on and off the court.
Case in point - on his radio show Thursday morning Dan Patrick dropped a bombshell concerning James' return in 2014 citing a source "who knows firsthand about this" that "LeBron did not want to play for Dan Gilbert the second time around". They drafted a lot of their guys. Gilbert apologized, and the Cavs have since won an NBA Championship. With the Lakers, James would join a core of young players with enormous potential and could also team up with Paul George, who is reportedly leaning toward signing with his hometown team next summer. Right now, look at our TV ratings, look at the money our league is pouring in. We brought in eight or nine guys, and we had to build something, and when I came back here we had to build something again. I would say that would happen on one of those two teams in Los Angeles. "Try not to think too far past today", Durant said.
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The Cavs aren't in a great position to improve their roster after those three, something that'll be needed to compete with a two-way behemoth like the Warriors.
As Lee Jenkins wrote in a recent piece for SI.com, the ideal storm of circumstances allowed the Warriors to add Durant. I'm not going back with you.
"I don't think about years from now".
He sized up the bewildered Warriors transition defense and made a decision to attack its best player at the rim. "I'm just trying to go out there and play hard every second I'm on the floor, play with passion and energy and joy".