LeBron James' decision on whether to opt out of his contract at the end of the month won't hinge on the result of the NBA Finals, which the Heat trail 3-1 to the Spurs after Thursday's 107-86 loss, ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne reported on Friday citing a league source.
No NBA team has ever overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Finals. It's happened 32 times before.
"Soul searching, there won't be much of that," James said in his postgame news conference Thursday night. "We're a veteran ballclub that's won a championship, that's won a couple of championships, that's been to four straight Finals. We know what it takes to win. We've just got to go out and do it.
"It's not all on my shoulders," James added. "It's not. I understand I get a lot of the limelight in the press and all that, but it's not all on my shoulders. I take a lot of it, but I do it for my teammates and I want them to put a lot of pressure on me in that sense."
James scored 28 points in Game 4, which matched the team's other four starters, as Chris Bosh had 12, Dwyane Wade had 10, Mario Chalmers had four and Rashard Lewis two. SI WIRE: Heat guard Ray Allen says retirement is an option after the season