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James looking for payback against Spurs

Posted by shawn cassidy on June 6, 2013 at 12:40 AM

James took a Cleveland team to the NBA Finals in 2007 that probably shouldn't have been there. The Spurs made sure of it with a 4-0 series win for their 4th championship in franchise history. This time around James does belong, and the Spurs seem to be the underdog. James had this to say about his second chance against the Spurs.


James said Wednesday he's long waited for the chance to get back at the Spurs for how they beat him in the 2007 Finals, handily sweeping James' inexperienced Cleveland Cavaliers team.

"I have something in me that they took in '07; beat us on our home floor, celebrated on our home floor," James said. "I won't forget that. You shouldn't as a competitor. You should never forget that.

"It's the same group of guys, for the most part. The same Big Three, and Coach [Gregg] Pop[ovich]. And I look forward to the challenge once again."

In that series the Spurs bullied James with veterans like Bruce Bowen and Michael Finley and set up a strategy that ultimately embarrassed him. He shot just 36 percent as the Spurs took advantage of his lack of a reliable jump shot at the time, pushing him to spots on the floor where he wasn't comfortable and daring him to shoot.

"I have to imagine he does [have revenge on his mind]," Spurs star Tim Duncan said. "He's a competitor, I can't imagine he's forgotten that."

It's odd to think the last time the Spurs played in the NBA Finals they played against James in Cavs uniform. In their return they face off against James again. Times have changed for the Spurs and Lebron.

Categories: 2013 NBA Finals

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