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May 28, 2015 Updates

When pressed about how many championships Jordan won, Laimbeer didn’t back down. “Yeah, but look at what LeBron has in the Finals right now,” Laimbeer said. “Could anybody else in the world have led this team of role players to the finals right now? I don’t think so. Jordan could not have led this team to the finals. “LeBron came into the league knowing how to play basketball and involve his teammates. Jordan had to learn that, and they had to assemble some great teammates around him in order for him to win.” For The Win

"He's been here plenty of times before, five straight finals appearances, I think, so we've got to bring our A game if we're going to beat a great team and a great player like that four times," Curry said. "We're excited about the challenge. He had to win his first one at some point, and nobody on our team has experienced that, so we're going to be fighting like crazy every night." USA Today Sports

As always, Cartwright was thoughtful and insightful. "The big thing about LeBron," he began, "is he's one of rare guys where there's no position for him. He similar to maybe Magic [Johnson]. That's the best comparison because he can play one through five. What can't he do? "Michael was basically a two-[guard]. What's LeBron? A one? A two? A three? You can't say. That's what makes him an anomaly; there's no match-up for him. "Michael was as hard as anyone to guard. This guy [LeBron] is really unguardable. Who do you match him with? He's too darn big and too darn strong. Put a big guy on him and he goes around them. Put a small guy on him and he beats him up. He's a nightmare of a match-up." Birmingham News

Which makes it the perfect time to trot this zany bit of NBA trivia: Curry and James were born in the same hospital in Akron, Ohio. The momentous events happened 39 months apart, as James was born in December 1984, while Curry was born in March 1988, but still: Washington Post

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

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