Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James denied winning this year's NBA title would have extra value as he insists he approaches the Miami Heat series as any other NBA Finals. James, who spent four seasons with the Heat, made four NBA Finals in those four seasons and claimed two NBA titles.
James then won his third title with the Cleveland Cavaliers and now he aims to lead the Lakers past the Heat in this year's NBA Finals. "It's no extra meaning to winning a championship, no matter who you're playing against," James said on Tuesday at NBA Finals media day, per ESPN.
"It's already hard enough to even reach the Finals, to be in this position. If you're able to become victorious out of the Finals, it doesn't matter who it's against."
James says the NBA championship is the No.
James, 35, spoke several times about the challenging aspects of the NBA season restart in the Orlando bubble. "It's probably been the most challenging thing I've ever done as far as a professional, as far as committing to something and actually making it through," James said when asked about life in the NBA bubble.
"But I knew when I was coming what we were coming here for. I would be lying if I sat up here and knew that everything inside the bubble, the toll that it would take on your mind and your body and everything else, because it's been extremely tough.
But I'm here for one reason and one reason only, and that's to compete for a championship." Anthony Davis, who forced his way out of the New Orleans Pelicans last offseason to join the Lakers, is now set for his first NBA Finals appearance.
"To be back in the Finals against Miami, I think, means a lot more to him (James) winning this than anyone else," Davis said. "I think this championship is probably second behind Cleveland, being able to get this one for him."
Many expected the Milwaukee Bucks to come out of the Eastern Conference and make the NBA Finals but the Heat stunned the No. 1 seeds from the East en route to making the NBA Finals. "I think this one is going to be a tough one," Davis said.
"People said it's going to be the toughest championship in NBA history from a mental standpoint just because of the circumstances."