MIAMI - LeBron James took his talents to South Beach for the chance to capture multiple championships. Hes four wins away from his second straight title.
NBA Playoffs 2103 schedule :
Game 1 in Miami: Thursday, June 6, 9
Game 2 in Miami: Sunday, June 9, 8
Game 3 in San Antonio: Tuesday, June 11, 9
Game 4 in San Antonio: Thursday, June 13, 9
Game 5 in San Antonio: Sunday, June 16, 8
Game 6 in Miami: Tuesday, June 18, 9
Game 7 in Miami: Thursday, June 20, 9
Standing in his way are the Spurs, who swept the James led Cavaliers in the 2007 NBA Finals. James is taking the sting of that loss into these Finals that start tonight.
"I have something in me that they took in 07, beat us on our home floor," James said. "I wont forget that. You shouldnt as a competitor. You should never forget that."
The main faces remain for the Spurs from 2007 -- Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. But James has a different cast with the Heat and likes his chances much better this time.
"This is our third year advancing to the Finals," James said. "We understand the opportunity we have. And then Im a much better player. Im 20, 40, 50 times better than I was in the 07 Finals."
James said the Spurs dared him to shoot jumpers in 07. If they do it again, the reigning two-time MVP is confident he will knock them down.
"Im a better player," he said. "And you cant dare me to do anything I dont want to do in 2013."
James might be more driven than last year -- winning back-to-back titles puts you in a very elite class. Hes on a mission but so are the Spurs. It should be a fun series.