INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- There's a four-headed, shot-making, scoreboard-breaking monster out West awaiting LeBron James and the Cavaliers. The Warriors are stomach-churning scary. With eight NBA Finals appearances under his belt, he is ready to face a team he's called "a beast." After all, he has slayed behemoths before.
It never happened between Magic Johnson's Lakers and Larry Bird's Celtics. Same for Michael Jordan and Karl Malone or Jerry West and Bill Russell. While there have been 14 rematches in NBA Finals history, this year's meeting between LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry's Golden State Warriors will be the first trilogy in league history. After the Warriors beat the Cavs for their first title in 40 years in 2015, Cleveland got revenge last season with a comeback from 3-1 down to give the city its first major championship since 1964. Now they meet for the rubber match starting June 1 in Oakland. While this may be unprecedented in the NBA, it has happened once before in the NFL, NHL
When the Chicago Bulls signed Dwyane Wade to a two-year, $47.5 million deal last summer, the move caused a ton of excitement within Chicago’s fan base. After trading hometown hero Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks, the Bulls were determined to find a second scorer to complement their all-star Jimmy Butler. His last season with the Miami Heat, Wade averaged 19 points and 4.6 rebounds on 45.6% shooting, leading his team one win shy of the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals. Since the Bulls missed the playoffs that same year, their front office looked to add the savvy veteran rather than opting for a rebuild. His decision was loosely reminiscent of his former teammate LeBron James‘ return to his hometown