LeBron James didn't appreciate last year's Finals run

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Last year the Cleveland Cavaliers fell at the final hurdle as even the great LeBron James couldn't carry them to their first ever NBA title against the Golden State Warriors.

An injury-ravaged Cavs leaned heavily on King James throughout the 2014-15 postseason as Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving were sidelined with shoulder and knee problems respectively.

Despite James' super human effort, Cleveland would lose the Finals 4-2 and the four-time MVP's wait to bring a championship to his home state continued.

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The Ohio-based franchise have made the NBA Finals again this year and eagerly await the winner between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors in the west, who play their game seven on Monday night.

On reflection, James doesn't believe he could fully appreciate driving the organisation to the same position last year.

“I didn’t appreciate last year, myself personally, on getting to the Finals,” James said.

“Just so much was going on in my mind, knowing that Kev (Kevin Love) was out for the rest of the season and knowing that Ky (Kyrie Irving) was dealing with injuries all the way from the first round. I just didn't appreciate it,” James said.

However, this time around with his two All-Star teammates alongside him, James sees things differently and paid tribute to the pair.

“It’s definitely a different feeling,” he said.

“We wouldn't be at this point today going to the Finals without those two,” James said. “Throughout the first three rounds, they've been the reason why we've played at such a high level. They've accepted the challenge.

"They wanted to get back to this moment. Ky being out seven months, this guy (Love) doing rehab for three-and-a-half months on his shoulder, they just had so much built up anxiety or rage or excitement or whatever the case may be throughout the whole process. Just to be back on the floor and to show why we were all put together.”

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