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Richard Jefferson says he and the Cavaliers feel "indebted" to LeBron James

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LeBron James is as close as he's ever been to fulfilling his dream of bringing the Cleveland Cavaliers its first championship in franchise history.

The King is just one win away from achieving the feat he set out to accomplish with his hometown team since the day he entered the league.

James has lost his two previous finals in a Cavs uniform - to the Spurs in 2007 and the Warriors in 2015.

In neither series did he come within one win of lifting the Larry O'Brien Trophy and he may never have a better opportunity than he has now.

Beating a historic Warriors team on their home floor in game seven may be the toughest challenge that could ever have been thrown at LeBron to claim a championship for the city of Cleveland, but it's a challenge he'll accept with no fear.

If he and the Cavaliers are to achieve it, though, it will have to be a collective effort. James dropped 41 points in each of the last two wins over Golden State but despite putting up otherworldly stat lines to lead his team, he will need his supporting cast to step up to the plate when it matters most.

Not that they'll need it, there's no doubt that King James will be making sure his players are ready for the occasion because that's just the player he is.

2016 NBA Finals - Game Six

The four-time MVP is considered among the best leaders in the league and has an uncanny ability to bring people together and always endears himself to his teammates.

When the two players met for the penultimate time in their careers earlier in the season, Kobe Bryant spoke about that quality that James possesses.

"LeBron, he brings people together. That's what he does naturally. He's phenomenal at it," Bryant said.

He isn't the only player to acknowledge it. Veteran Richard Jefferson joined Cleveland last summer in the hope of winning a ring before he retired, but the experience he's had with one of the greatest players of all-time along the way this year is something that he's been grateful for.

2016 NBA Finals - Game Two

In a story on the Player's Tribune before the Cavs' game six win over the Warriors last night, Jefferson explained just what it means to play with LBJ.

"I don't care if you're a LeBron "fan," or not, I have seen it: Bron has something I've never seen," he said. "The way he says "follow me and I'll take you there" with actions, more than words, is like no one else I've ever played with. He's the kind of leader who makes you want to carry the weight too. I feel indebted to him. We all do"

RJ is with his seventh team in the league and has played with and under some of the best leaders around, most notably Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs, so his words about LeBron should be taken seriously.

If the Cavaliers end their long trophyless drought in game seven on Sunday, the 35-year-old will be even more indebted to the King.

Topics:
Eastern Conference
NBA
Kyrie Irving
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
LeBron James
Richard Jefferson

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