On October 2nd, Beijing time, Los Angeles star LeBron James reflected on the valuable experience he learned in the first NBA Finals in 2007 in an interview.
In that series, James and his Cleveland Cavaliers were swept by the San Antonio Spurs. LeBron said he appreciates the San Antonio team’s attention to detail: "I mean, obviously they are the better team. And the Hall of Fame. Members Tim, Manu, Tony, and Popovich deal with each other."
"I know this is not only a challenge for myself, but also a challenge for our team. I have seen their performance in every game, every time they have the ball. They made no mistakes. They wanted to make their team a challenge. Great team, I feel this as a 22-year-old. Year after year, that has helped shape me. At the same time, experiencing adversity and those moments put me in the position I should have been in my career."
It is worth mentioning that these lessons seem to have paid off late in LeBron James’ career. In the 2011 NBA Finals, James and the Miami Heat were defeated by the Dallas Mavericks, which made him even more heartbroken.
But in 2012 and 2013, James won the championship with the Heat, and in 2016, James led the Cavaliers to the championship. Now, he is leading the Lakers to chase his fourth championship.