A towel covered his head, and he hunched his head into his left hand. One of them was James, who sat slumped in his corner locker, bags of ice on his knees and a towel over his face.
Where will James - a once-in-a-generation player - find the kind of talent to match his own?
Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors was 48 minutes of utter frustration for Cavs fans. Understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age.
"One GM of one of the better teams in the West said, 'you know, Boston, there was a time you just stay in the East and you have a much easier path to the Finals.' Will that necessarily be true with Boston or Philadelphia?" I've got a teenage boy, a pre-teen and a little girl that wasn't around as well.
"Sitting down and considering everything, but my family is a huge part of whatever I'll decide to do in my career, and it will continue to be that". He departed in 2010 for Miami before returning in 2014. LeBron James said on Thursday that he wishes Wade was still on the team.
Did leading Cleveland to its first championship in 2016 finish that business? "I had emotions that you just don't get an opportunity like this on the road against Golden State to be able to get a Game 1".
No White House invite for National Basketball Association champs, 'we'll see' about Caps
National Basketball Association superstars Stephen Curry and LeBron James spoke their minds a year ago - and nothing's changed. At the time, James took to social media to support Curry. "I think we'll have the Caps".
He continued: "Sometimes I try to picture myself playing in the Finals now".
The Cavaliers showed how they are not. "Drafted most of their superstars relatively low in the draft and turned them into who they are today".
Game 1 ended with J.R. Smith dribbling out the clock with less than five seconds left in regulation.
James is, of course, right-handed. The new guys who had a chance to play in the playoffs for the first time, the new guys who had a chance to experience The Finals, which you dream of doing when you're a kid.
He did apologize to Portland after saying that, while smiling and nearly cracking up. "You guys like this cast, huh?" LeBron would be pointing right at me saying, 'Come on up. On Wednesday night, the former MVP canned three three-pointer from at least 30 feet out, including his 33-footer with 49 seconds to play that gave Golden State a six-point edge and essentially put Game 3 on ice.
After eight straight trips to the National Basketball Association finals (with three victories), greener pastures may appeal, particularly if the Cavs can't do much to upgrade the talent on their roster.
LeBron knows precisely what that challenge is. Unaware LeBron was headed toward the interview room rather than leaving, a security guard called from behind that LeBron and his group should go another way to avoid crowds.