Notes, quotes and observations after the Warriors swept the Cavs in the NBA Finals, taking Game 4 108-85 Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

1. LeBron James may have played his final game as a Cavalier, leaving the court with 4:03 remaining to a standing ovation and chants of “MVP.” Although the fans didn’t seem to totally have their hearts into a sendoff, it seemed like the end of an era, the end of James’ two-stint, 11-season run.

2. But when asked if he felt it was his last in a Cleveland uniform, James sent mixed signals as he fell to 3-6 in nine Finals appearances, 1-4 with the Cavs.

3. Although he said he has “no idea” what this summer holds if he opts out of his contract by June 29 and becomes a free agent, he started out talking about family.

4. “The one thing that I've always done is considered, obviously, my family,” James said.
"Understanding especially where my boys are … They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago. I've got a teenage boy, a pre-teen and a little girl that wasn't around. So sitting down and considering everything, my family is a huge part of whatever I'll decide to do in my career.”

5. But later James went down a different path.

6. “I still have so much to give to the game. When you have a goal and you're able to accomplish that goal, for me personally, it made me even more hungry to continue to try to win championships,” he said. “I still want to be in championship mode. I think I've shown this year why I will still continue to be in championship mode.”

7. That sounded like a player who will be looking for the best place to add to his three NBA titles, and that probably isn’t in Cleveland.

8. James said the decision he made in 2010 to go to the Miami Heat was more difficult than the others he’s faced, including this one.

9. Asked what he’s gotten out of the past four years with the Cavs, James said, “At the end of the day, I came back because I felt like I had some unfinished business. To be able to be a part of a championship team two years ago with the team that we had and in the fashion that we had is something I will always remember. Honestly, I think we'll all remember that. It ended a drought for Cleveland of (52) years … When you have a goal and you seek that goal out and you dream about that dream, and you put everything, and you care to….”



10. That train of thought ended when James repeatedly raised his right arm and showed the brace on his right hand, drawing a barrage of clicks from cameras around the room. He said he “pretty much played three games with a broken hand” after punching a blackboard after the heartbreaking Game 1 loss.
11. “You guys like this brace, huh?” he said, laughing.

12. As for the hand, James said, “Self-inflicted, post-game after Game 1. Very emotional. For a lot of different reasons, understanding how important a Game 1 is on the road for our ballclub, what would that have done for us, the way we played, the calls that were made throughout the course of that game. I had emotions on the game was taken away from us. I had emotions of you just don't get an opportunity like this on the road versus Golden State to be able to get a Game 1, and I let the emotions get the best of me.”

13. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the injury likely affected his performance. James’ average shot distance was 12.6 feet in Game 1, 8.4 feet in Games 2-4.

14. But back to the more pressing matter at hand -- where James plays in 2018-19.

15. In 2010 with the Heat and in 2014 with the Cavs, James was part of a team that was starting from scratch, albeit with three stars, as he joined Dwyane Wade in Miami and arrived with Chris Bosh, and joined Kyrie Irving in Cleveland along with Kevin Love. James got a taste of it again Feb. 8 at the trade deadline when GM Koby Altman sent out six players and brought in four.

16. “It's definitely not the most comfortable thing to start a team from scratch, because the most important is health, because you need to build chemistry so fast and camaraderie so fast on the floor,” James said. “If you have multiple injuries or you have multiple bodies out, when you're starting fresh, it's too hard. I think with this season, that's what you kind of saw.”

17. James said his first season in Miami the Heat was not plagued by injuries. In 2014-15 with the Cavs, those problems didn’t hit until the playoffs when Love suffered a separated shoulder in the first round against Boston and Irving fractured his kneecap in overtime of Game 1 of the Finals.

18. “That's just huge,” he said of Love’s and Irving’s injuries. “Being a part of the start-fresh mode is something that you definitely don't want to be a part of. It has its pros and it definitely has its cons.”

19. In terms of James’ future, that can be taken both ways. He wouldn’t be starting fresh in Cleveland with Love, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith, Larry Nance Jr., George Hill, Kyle Korver, Jordan Clarkson, Ante Zizic and Cedi Osman under contract for next season and the eighth overall pick on the way in the June 21 draft. If James picks another team, he could be joining veterans that he’s played with in the Olympics, so less time may be needed to build chemistry.

20. James said his priorities have not changed from the other junctures of his career.

21. “No, I don't think so. I made the move in 2010 to be able to play with talented players, cerebral players that could see things that happen before they happened on the floor,” he said. “When you feel like you're really good at your craft, I think it's always great to be able to be around other great minds as well and other great ballplayers and other great students of the game. That's never changed. Even when I came here in '14, I wanted to try to surround myself and surround this franchise with great minds and guys that actually think outside the box of the game and not just go out and play it.”

22. If you’re keeping score at home, that’s strike two against the Cavs, especially since he also discussed basketball minds on Thursday.

23. James wouldn’t say if the 2016 championship finished his unfinished business.

24. “That's a trick question at the end of the day, and I'm not falling for that,” he said.

25. When asked about the celebration at InfoCision Stadium when he came home in 2014 and said he didn’t plan on going anywhere, that he couldn’t go through the process again, James hedged.

26. “I'm not going to take you through the whole process. That's not fun,” he said. “But at the end of the day, when I decide what I'm going to do with my future, my family and the folks that have been with me for the last 20 years, pretty much, will have a say-so. Then it ultimately will come down to me, and so we'll see what happens.”

27. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he hopes James stays.

28. “But after a game like that, I'm not in any position to talk about that. I just appreciate what he's done for us this season,” Lue said.

29. Lue went through a rough season, with health problems that had bothered him for a year and a half forcing him to take a leave of absence that saw him miss nine games. To those wondering if those issues, like chest pains, sleep deprivation and anxiety, would cause him to debate stepping down, Lue said he intended to come back. He has three years left on his five-year, $35 million contract.

30. But Lue admitted when he returned for an April 5 home game against the Wizards, it was too soon.

31. “I had some tough problems going on throughout the course of the season, and like you said, I probably could have folded myself, but I wasn't going to do that,” Lue said. “I knew that even if I wasn't feeling a hundred percent, I had to get back for the playoffs. That's my time. That's my moment. I didn't want to put our coaches in that situation. I didn't want to put our players in that situation, and I had to fight through it. That's what champions do. I gave everything I had.

32. “Then in my absence, Larry Drew and (Mike) Longabardi, and Phil Handy, (James) Posey, D-Jones (Damon Jones), Vitaly (Potapenko), Jim Boylan, they did a hell of a job just holding it down until I got back. Even though I came back when I wasn't quite ready, I had to. That's who I am. I'm never going to give up and never going to give in. I stayed the course and was able to have a pretty special year, outside of losing in the Finals. But I thought we did a good job of staying the course and getting to this point. I'm happy for the guys.”

33. Lue said with the roster turnover and injuries and 30 different starting lineups in the regular season, he learned a few things about himself this season.

34. “I can always get better,” he said. “But I know that I'm a tough guy. I pride myself on that. I'm hard on myself a lot of times, but I've got to realize I've only been coaching for 21/2 years. It feels like 10 or 15. I can get better, and I'm going to get better.

35. “I just learned that you've got to stay the course in this profession. Anything can happen. We had plenty of chances to mail it in, to make excuses, and we didn't do that. I think it started with me, it started with LeBron with just saying no excuses. And here we are today. As far as the Warriors go, there were two games that were very winnable. Being up one in Game 3 with three minutes left, having a chance to win it with a free throw in regulation in Game 1. So despite how good their team is, I thought our guys did a good job of competing. We still have to improve and get better, which we will. But we're not that far off.”

36. Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitted afterward he didn’t expect the Cavs to reach the Finals.

37. “I watched that team a lot during the year. We always keep our eye on them and there have been kind of three different versions of their team,” Kerr said. “The fact that they got here surprised me, actually, watching them during the regular season. It didn't look like they were going to have enough. But what Ty did with his group and obviously what LeBron does night after night is just incredible. They had an amazing run. Bottom line is we've got a lot of talent, and we had more talent than they did, and talent wins in this league.”

38. Kerr also praised James, who averaged 34 points, 9.1 rebounds and 9 assists as the Cavs went 12-10 in the postseason.

39. “He's terrifying. He really is. Every time he comes down the court, getting downhill, you just know he's either going to get to the rim or he's going to find one of his shooters for a 3-point shot,” Kerr said. “He's added the 3-point threat. When we came here three years ago in the first meeting, we weren't fearful of his shot. We were fearful of his power and his penetration and his passing, but now you fear everything.

40. “I think maybe the greatest testament to LeBron is that five years ago he was one of the top five players of all time. From five years ago until now, it seems like he's 10 times better, because he's added so much skill to his game.”

41. James totaled 748 points in the playoffs, second-most behind Michael Jordan’s 759 points in 1992, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

42. Lue called James “a bad boy,” and that was a compliment.

43. “To be the best player in the world and to give everything you've got in your 15th season, play all 82 games, probably one of the greatest playoff runs that we'll ever see from an individual, to carry this team the way he did all season and leading by example, it's just a testament to his character and who he is as a person and as a player,” Lue said. “He had a lot of opportunities where he could have sat out of games and was going through a tough stretch and wasn't playing well, but he didn't want to do that. And a lot of guys would have folded under those circumstances, but he didn't.

44. “He's a bad boy, and I love having him on our team. He fights and competes to the end. Sometimes you can give everything you've got and still come up short. I thought that's what our group of guys did in this series.”