LeBron James Comments on Matchup with Warriors, Says They Aren’t a Rival of Cavs

January 15th, 2017 by Scott Polacek Leave a reply »

LeBron James made it clear his Cleveland Cavaliers will be facing the NBA's best team—but not a rival—when they play the Golden State Warriors on Monday.

"We don't look at it as a rival," James said Friday night, per Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com. "They're a great team. They've been the best team the last couple years, last three years."

In theory, the Cavaliers and Warriors aren't traditional rivals, as Cleveland plays in the Eastern Conference and Golden State is in the West. Cleveland has more long-term history with teams such as the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons, and Golden State can say the same of the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers.

However, the current versions of the Cavaliers and Warriors have been intricately tied to each other over the past few seasons, and Vardon stressed they "are rivals."

Cleveland beat Golden State in last season's NBA Finals and prevented the 73-win Warriors from being remembered as arguably the best team in NBA history. The Warriors won the previous Finals on Cleveland's home floor, and the last five regular-season MVP trophies have been awarded to Cl ...

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