LeBron James has a great deal of respect for the Warriors and their 50-5 record. But clearly, he's not ready to hand them the NBA title.
"There’s so much great basketball being played, and I understand that those guys are the cream of the crop," James told reporters Wednesday. "They’re the defending champions and they’ve continued to get better."
"But they’re not going to be the only team that enters the playoff pool," he said. "You can be 82-0, man, once the playoffs start, everyone’s 0-0.”
James was responding to a question about comments made by former Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao – who signed a free-agent contract with the Warriors on Monday.
Varejao said he believes the Warriors "love each other" and he could tell just by spending a few hours with them.
"I would hope if you’re 50-5 that everyone loves each other,” James said, smiling and shrugging. “I mean (expletive). What else do you want at that point? Duh. Anybody could say that. Stevie Wonder could say that.”
James and the Cavaliers lost their two regular-season matchups with the Warriors after falling to them in last season's Finals.
“Hopefully you’ve built enough chemistry, which it seems like they have, and enough out on the court where you can take that on to the next phase,” James said.
“But regular season record-wise is great for the record books -- but it means nothing for the postseason."
The Cavs (40-15) have won seven of 10 and host the Hornets on Wednesday.