LeBron James' press conference after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals:
(What did you say to the Celtics) I told 'em congratulations. They played an unbelieveable series and they had a great game plan and they executed their game plan. I gave them good luck in the next series and congratulations on winning this one.
(How much will what Cavs did this year factor into your decision) I didn't play this season wondering about what I was going to do in the off-season. I approached every game, every practice, every day like it was my last. And I wanted to continue to get better as a leader and as a player every day. (Not) at any point did it factor in what I'm going to do this summer.
(It didn't look like you out there, you didn't go hard to basket, were you limited by the elbow) Uh, I made no excuses. I had opportunities to do things I wanted to do. It just didn't fall for me. I'm not using the elbow as an excuse. It limited me some. You hope to be 100 percent going into any series. At this point in the season, I don't think there's anybody on both teams who are 100 percent.
(It seemed like a large part of your game was missing) Uh, have a lot of time to think about it now.
(When you walked off court in Orlando last year you were emotional, how do you feel now) I feel the same way. I have no plans at this point. I've made no plans. You want to continue to win throughout the post-season, that's what I geared myself towards. The fact that it's over is definitely a surprise to myself, but it is what it is.
A friend of mine told me today after the game, 'I guess you have to go through a lot of nightmares before you finally accomplish your dream and that's what's going on individually with myself.
(Free agency this summer, what does it feel like to know it's that time) I'll approach this summer with the right mindset and my (management) team will approach it the right way. I haven't really thought about it just now. Kinda still trying to figure out what went wrong in this series and things we did right. We'll see what happens.
(Is there anything more wrong with elbow than we know) Nope. (Shakes head)
(What can you say to the panicked fans in Cleveland) I'm going to approach this summer with the right mindset. Me and my team are going to figure out what's the best possibility for me. I love the city of Cleveland, of course. Another disappointing season, to say the least, but at the same time we have a great time together. We'll see what happens.
(Do you see your team as a contender) I don't know. I really don't know everyone's contract situations as far as years and things like that. We're a great team, a really good team, and we played hard all year. We just didn't figure it out through the whole post-season and didn't play consistent basketball. At this point, Boston's moving on. For the most part as a team we all get along, we had a great year.
(Why did this happen) The only thing I can think about right now is the season being over. When you have high expectations going into the post-season, you never can predict the future, but at the same time you hope for things that are much brighter than what's going on right now. As an individual I'm going to continue to get better throughout the off-season like I always do and I'll come back a better player next season and still have the same goals.
(What did the celtics do to you and the team, what was missing) Boston had a great game plan. They tried to keep us on the perimeter as much as possible. They've got a lot of veteran players who have been in post-season games and they all just bought into their system and it worked for them. We had opportunities to win the game, to win the series, but we didn't execute for 48 minutes every game. You don't do that against a very experienced team, against a team that has been around this block more than once, you can definitely end up on the losing side.
(How did you feel about your team's game plans and rotations and defensive matchups) We had good game plans going into the game. Sometimes we could have made some better adjustments throughout the course of the game. But for the most part we had a game plan and we tried to go out and execute it. Did it always work? No. Did it work sometimes? Yes.
Tonight was a game we fought hard, but when you turn the ball over as much as we did, when you give up 27 points off turnovers it's very difficult. I think tonight we left it on the court. We have nothing to hang our heads low about tonight's performance.
(What do you mean by the right mindset in free agency) First of all I want to win. That's my only thing, that's my only concern. I've always prided myself on becoming better at basketball individually, then taking that onto the court. It's all about winning for me. The Cavs are committed to doing that. But at the same time, I've given myself options to this point. Me and my team we have a game plan we're going to execute and we'll see where we're going to be at.