It has been more than a month since the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals but LeBron James, the Cavaliers’ and the league’s best player, is still having “nightmares” when he remembers the lost chance of winning his third NBA title. "I just don't feel like you ever move on from losing in the finals because you feel like you're right there and feel like you have the opportunity to do something special. ... I can never get away from losing in the Finals,” James admitted in an interview on Bleacher Report Radio on Sirius XM.
"I guess there's nightmares now about situations throughout the games that's always replaying in my head. It's definitely difficult, you know I'm getting better every day, but you know it takes quite a while for me to get out of the funk."
The Cavaliers took an improbable 2-1 series lead before the Warriors dominated the Cavaliers in the next four outings to clinch the title. James did everything that was asked of him and more, averaging 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists in the championship series, but came up short. James has been in the championship round six times in his career but has only managed to win two titles.
However, the Cavaliers were also missing key players in Kevin Love, who recently re-signed with the team, and Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers starting power forward and point guard, respectively, in the NBA Finals.
James admitted in the same interview they would have had a “better shot” at the title if both All-Stars were healthy against the Warriors.