Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West, who is silhouetted on the National Basketball Association logo, failed to win a title until his 12th season after losing to the Boston Celtics six times and once to the New York Knicks.
While I still hoped and believed Lebron could lift the Cavaliers to another championship, in reality, they never had a chance. "I was anxious, I was jittery".
"I just wanted to come in there and just be me".
One Warrior has already publicly stated he won't make the trip if the offer is placed on the table.
Durant did indeed join a ready-made contender by teaming up with two-time reigning league MVP Stephen Curry on a team that won it all in 2015 and were runners-up previous year after a season in which they had a record 73 wins in 82 games.
Durant - drafted as second-overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in 2007 - was an easy choice for the Finals MVP.
But during this finals series I've found myself supporting any team that came up against the highly-fancied Warriors.
Curry was a facilitator; he had a game high 10 assists.
It was their second championship in three years. "You have to tip your hat to Cleveland", he added.
"I wore short shorts so you could see my undershorts underneath. But we prevailed, we're champions and it's incredible doing it on our home floor". "I'm just so happy for him to be able to realise his goal and be my teammate". And the different kind of ceremonies and traditions that have happened around championship-winning teams, we don't want that to taint what we've accomplished this year.
But three-time champion LeBron said he had no reason to feel sorry for himself.
"I don't know. I probably won't", West said. "I have no reason to put my head down". Where the attention will be paid is just who the team brings in on the new two-way contract system and the players they invite to the Las Vegas Summer League.