Draymond Green has not forgotten what happened to the Golden State Warriors during the 2016 NBA finals.
Their perfect season came crumbling down around the Warriors as a combination of an unwanted suspension, an incredibly bad-timed injury and a superhuman performance by LeBron James saw Cleveland win the title.
The odds are heavily stacked towards a third successive match-up between the Cavaliers and Golden State in next year's finals as the rivalry begins to become more like Larry Bird v Magic Johnson in the '80s.
Speaking to David Aldridge, Green was in no mood to mix his words as he explained what he wants to do to Cleveland if they are to rekindle their rivalry on the biggest stage of them all.
"If Cleveland comes out of the east," Draymond said. "I want to destroy Cleveland. No ifs, ands and buts about it. But I also know that there’s steps to get to that point. And if and when we get to that point, I want to annihilate them.
"I want to completely destroy them. No ifs, ands or buts about it. That won’t change. I’m not saying we’re going to look forward to that. Like I said, there’s a long road ahead. And it’ll be a tough, tough road to get there. Nonetheless, if we get there, and they get there, I want to destroy them. Really ain’t no other way to put it."
Green is right, there is still a long way to go. And that's a good thing for Golden State - their performances so far have not screamed NBA finals worthy.