Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has conceded that although he is excited by the team’s young roster, he is also conscious of their playoff inexperience.
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James will be looking to advance to his fifth consecutive NBA Finals this year after enjoying experiences with the Miami Heat in both winning and losing causes.
While he will want to bounce back from the disappointment of losing to the San Antonio Spurs last year, he will have a different support cast this time round after his decision to return to Cleveland last summer.
With the team finishing the regular season with a 34-9 record, they proved that they are legitimate contenders, but questions still remain given that the likes of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love haven’t even played a minute of playoff basketball previously.
The challenge of leading this new team excites the two-time NBA champion, but he remains wary of the fact that it could work against them at times in the post-season.
“I think from top to bottom, we’re just very balanced team and we have experience with youth, and I think that’s a great combination in the postseason,” James told ESPN.
“One thing that scares me a little bit is just us coming together for the first time, our experience. that kind of scares me a little bit. But at the same time it scares me, [there is a feeling] of excitement as well, and not much of failure.”
James added that he doesn’t fear failure with this group but admits that all the talk means little as he won’t know how his teammates will react to the post-season pressure and atmosphere until they get out on the court and experience it.
While the Boston Celtics aren’t expected to be too difficult a task for the Cavs given that coach Brad Stevens has performed a miracle by even getting them to the playoffs, a possible semi-finals clash with the Chicago Bulls will certainly ask several questions of what this Cleveland team is made of.