Joe Lacob is growing ‘tired’ of another matchup with the Cavs
For the fourth straight year, the NBA Finals will feature the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The matchup has evolved into a rivalry and fans from both sides can’t wait what will happen this year. For Warriors owner Joe Lacob however, he’s growing tired of yet another series with the Cavs.
As told to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Lacob said:
“Sort of tired of Cleveland, to be honest. But having said that, LeBron James is an immense challenge, an incredible player. It’ll be fun.”
The series stands at 2-1 right now. The Warriors won in six games in 2015. Come 2016, the Cavs mounted a historic comeback from being down 3-1. In 2017, the Warriors took it in five games.
The Warriors have evolved from an elite team to a historical powerhouse — boasting of two MVPs and a few defensive elites. Their offense continues to be the most sophisticated in the NBA. While some teams have figured it out, Steve Kerr never seems to run out of new plays to unleash.
The Cavaliers, on the other hand, still have LeBron James on their side — arguably the greatest player in his generation. They are without Kyrie Irving this year, who proved to be instrumental in mounting that 3-1 comeback. The Cavaliers also look a whole lot different now. A midseason roster shakeup made their lineup younger.
For the fourth straight year, the NBA Finals might look the same on paper. But a look at how the teams evolved throughout the years will give a give a better perspective.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals will be on May 31, Thursday, 9 pm ET at Oakland.