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May 27, 2015 Updates

Twice, James said how emotional the moment was for him. "Could I foresee this?" James said. "At the beginning of the season, I couldn't. I couldn't foresee us being in the Finals at the beginning of the season because I just knew that we just had to get better and I just saw how young we were and how young‑minded we were at that point in time. "But I knew I had to lead these guys, and if they just followed my leadership, I knew I could get them to a place where they haven't been before." USA Today Sports

He also joins another exclusive list: He will play in his fifth consecutive NBA Finals, joining of short list of former Boston Celtics who did it in the 1960s and he is the first non-Celtic to do it and first to do it with two teams. "His confidence has gone to another level," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Having watched and prepared — watching how he orchestrates and has a great command for where he wants his teammates and what's important in the moment and the confidence that he has in himself to make the right play, whether it's making a shot, making the pass. As a leader, he's grown. His confidence has grown." USA Today Sports

"Look, there's nobody you can point to in the world that doesn't make a mistake," Gilbert said to NEOMG. "The best players, the best business people, the best coaches. So one thing is not going to make or break a person." Now the Cavaliers are four victories away from ending a 51-year professional championship drought in the city, and Blatt is a huge part of that. "They wanted Coach Blatt fired, saying we needed another point guard, will LeBron and Kyrie be able to play together? So many story lines was just happening at that point in time," James said. "For us to be sitting at this point today, being able to represent the Eastern Conference in The Finals, this is special. It's very special." Cleveland Plain Dealer

We’ll give these guys the benefit of the doubt and assume this idea was better in theory. It’s all just rather strange, really. The music doesn’t come through very clearly and is hard to hear; it’s confusing how they’re shirtless in a bath but still wearing hats; LeBron’s intense stare halfway through the video goes from funny to scary at an alarming pace; Iman Shumpert seems a little too into the entire process. Maybe some good editing would make the narrative arc a little clearer. Get on that, J.R. For The Win

LeBron James: It's very emotional to be back in this city. When I made my decision to come back here, I knew what I wanted to do. I knew it wasn't going to be easy. It was going to take a lot of hard work and a lot of dedication. It was going to be the toughest task for me to try to get this team back to the Finals. I knew I'd have to step up my leadership. I had to be very patient. Which, I'm not a very patient guy. But I'm glad to work on that. To be able to sit at one point in the season and see us at 19-20 and watch my team struggle with me sitting out two weeks. People saying I wanted Coach Blatt fired. Or that we needed another point guard. Or asking if LeBron and Kyrie would be able to play together. So many storylines were just happening at that point in time. For us to be sitting at this point today, being able to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals is special. It's very special. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tas Melas: LeBron James is the first player to go to five straight NBA Finals since 1966! Jordan didn't do it. Or Shaq. Or Magic... Kinda unbelievable. Twitter @TasMelas

Dwyane Wade: Congrats to my brother @KingJames on 5 straight finals appearances... alot of people have no idea how tough that is. Twitter @DwyaneWade

May 26, 2015 Updates
May 25, 2015 Updates

After a few minutes, though, James is asked about the Brelo verdict. "I am aware of the verdict," James begins. "I'm not fully aware of all the details. So I'm not going to elaborate or comment too much on it. I don't speak upon something that I'm not fully knowledgeable about. It's not where I stand. Obviously, I'm gonna take a look at it and read up on it, and if I get more knowledge about it, I may give a statement. I may say something. But all I saw today was the verdict, and that's all I know about." NBA.com

He is asked, given the temperament of the times around the country, if he has anything to say to the community. "Violence is not the answer, and it's all about trying to find a solution," he continues. "For good or for bad. For me, in any case, in anything that goes on in our world, or our America, the only people that we should be worried about is the families that lost loved ones. You can't get them back. You can never get them back. We should worry about the families and how they're doing and things of that nature. For the city of Cleveland, let's use our excitement, or whatever passion we have for our sport (Sunday), for the game (Sunday) night." NBA.com

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