LeBron James calls making NBA Finals in bubble ‘the most challenging thing I’ve done’

The Los Angeles Lakers star addressed the ride to making his 10th NBA Finals, which tips off on Wednesday night against the Miami Heat.

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- You talked about the difficulty of adapting to the bubble. How much have you motivated yourself by reflecting that your teammates are taking cues from you and trying to see how you approach things and approach getting through this grind of three months here?

LEBRON JAMES: It's probably been the most challenging thing I've ever done as far as a professional, as far as committing to something and actually making it through. but I knew what I was coming, what we were coming here for. Obviously, [? it ?] didn't-- I would be lying if I said up here [? I ?] knew that everything inside the bubble, the toll that it would take on your mind and your body and everything else. It's been extremely tough.

But I'm here for one reason and one reason only, and that's to compete for a championship. And that was my mindset once I entered the bubble, once I entered the quarantine process the first two days. And then arrived on my first practice, my mindset was to, if I'm going to be here, make the most of it and see what you can do and lock in on what the main thing is. And the main thing was for us to finish the season and compete for a championship.

So that's just been my mindset throughout these-- I don't even know how many days it is. Whatever how many days it is, it feels like five years. So it really doesn't matter. But I've been as locked in as I've ever been in my career.