LeBron James Has 'Lost Enough,' 'Won't Forget' 2007 Finals Loss vs. Spurs

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2013

LeBron James is done with losing.

Speaking with reporters during his media availability in anticipation of the NBA Finals, James made it clear that he remembers what the San Antonio Spurs did to his Cleveland Cavaliers in 2007. 

The Spurs took down the Cavs in four successive games and could be found celebrating on Cleveland's floor—on James' floor. 

James is determined not to let that happen again.

"I've lost enough," he said. "I don't need anymore fuel from losing."

This isn't the same player the Spurs saw and took advantage of in 2007. This isn't the same James who shot 35.6 percent from the floor and 20 percent from deep in that series. The Miami Heat version of James is different.

He's better.

San Antonio forced James to shoot jumpers that series, shots that he missed frequently. But that was 2007. This is 2013.

Daring James to shoot jumpers won't work any more. He'll give in, and he'll take them. He's just not going to miss.

Burying outside attempts has become a strong suit for James. He shot a career-best 40.6 percent from beyond the arc during the regular season. Missing from the perimeter is something he's no longer accustomed to.

Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs know this. They know there is no one better.

Clanging shots off the rim and failing when it matters is now a foreign feeling for James. Winning championships is what he does now.

That's why he's "here."

James has lost before; he refuses to lose now.

Go ahead and tell him he's wrong. See what he does.

He "dares" you.