Racial slur sprayed on LeBron James' Los Angeles home

Racial slur sprayed on LeBron James' Los Angeles home

When it comes to attempting to limit LeBron James, to the extent it can be done, the Warriors have options. Think about it - the conquering hero and former child prodigy from Akron returns to the city he once stabbed in the back in the most sports-heelish fashion possible, on national television in July 2010.

All that talent wasn't enough, though, as a Draymond Green suspension and a Stephen Curry injury joined forces with the greatest performance in Finals history from LeBron James to cost the Warriors a championship to cap their record-setting season. But that applied only to most of those finals - not the entirety. He also repeated an assertion made earlier this month: "That he has nothing left to prove after delivering the Cavaliers" first title last June. In fact, LeBron has had a winning ATS record just twice in his seven the NBA Finals appearances.

For all the well-known All-Stars participating in this series, the hoops cognoscenti will be paying attention to Iguodala. Other games between these two franchises were an excellent proof. For those of you who have followed Curry's career, you know he's been trying to cover up that baby face with some manly facial hair for years, but quite honestly it just wasn't happening. At 32, the three-time champion and four-time MVP is producing like he did at 24, 26, 28, and 30... pick a number.

As the New York Times notes, James has spoken up when it comes to systemic racism and police brutality over the past couple years. "I thought he was awesome under the circumstances of his injury but to me he looks fresher, faster, stronger than he did a year ago".

Here again it becomes hard to find modern comparison points for James.

The 9,440-square-foot home is not James' primary residence. James is 3-4 overall in the finals.

"I think back to Emmett Till's mum, actually", James said.

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Nonetheless, Game 2 was an ugly night all around for the Cavaliers. James was named Finals MVP after becoming the first player ever to lead both teams in the Finals in points (29.7 per game), rebounds (11.3), assists (8.9), steals (2.57) and blocks (2.29). I would rather have him like this than like he was going into the last Final. Now, the key question is, why?

James's game might be fossilized brilliance, but his spiritual evolution and emotional maturation have taken him places that few leaders, athletes or otherwise, are willing to travel.

In 2015, James and his production company signed a developmental deal with Warner Brothers worth $US15 million that meant he spends more time in Southern California.

No player in this series holds more pressure on his shoulders than Kevin Durant. "Pressure is what you make it", Green said.

"We talk about guys setting the tone, he's the best to do it".

Stephen Curry is back to his MVP form from past year and Klay Thompson, while not as accurate with his three-point shooting, continues to offer solid two-way play. For the Warriors, it is Iguodala's ability to muscle up against James without fouling, to offer pokes at the ball without reaching in, to commit to close-outs without falling for head-fakes - all of that matters most.

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