LeBron James says he’s still very much looking forward to playing in the 2014 NBA Finals and is “still a big believer in the idea that we’re going to win.”
James was asked if he had any regrets in his basketball career.
“You can say yes or no.
I still think it’s a dream to be able to play the game I love,” James said.
“I feel so blessed.
It’s one of those things that I feel I have a great responsibility to try and help this team accomplish what we want to accomplish.”
James, a two-time NBA Finals MVP, will be hoping to extend his record-tying 23rd consecutive Finals appearance against the Miami Heat.
The Heat, who have won six consecutive NBA Finals, will have a tougher task than their opponents to win the championship.
They lost to Cleveland in the 2015 NBA Finals for the first time in nine years and have a lot of veteran players that will likely help them in their quest to reach the conference finals.
“It’s a great team and a great group of guys that I have been around for a long time,” James, who is averaging 28.3 points and 6.8 assists per game this season, said.
“I just want to be a part of something great.
We’re going into the playoffs as a team, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Miami, which has lost four in a row and is on a three-game losing streak, is hoping to make a push for the conference semifinals.
The Heat, whose players and coaches have made it clear that they do not believe they have a shot to reach a second straight title, will also be looking to get their game-winning shot against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are playing without All-Star forward LeBron James.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN and will be played in a Miami Arena that is set to open in June.