Which takes us to the LeBron situation in the NBA Finals. Most of his teammates sat quietly, still in uniform, at their lockers.
To some, the Golden State Warriors third National Basketball Association title conquest in four finals appearances may not be a dynasty in the sense that it still lacks the third consecutive title that the Lakers of the 50s, the Celtics of the 60s and the Bulls of the '90s.
"I let the emotions get the best of me, " James said.
Kerr had predicted that much from the start, citing his playing days with those Jordan Bulls and remembering how hard it was to keep a championship-caliber edge as time wore on.
"I hope he stays". They probably would have lost even if LeBron's hand was healthy but it certainly didn't make things easier.
At the moment the list of suitors is limited, but it could grow before July as teams position themselves to acquire one of the game's most transcendent forces. But if the Pacers did end up losing, I wouldn't get to hear the end of how much "we sucked" until the end of the day, but regardless, I would still show up with my Victor Oladipo jersey on and a smile on my face.
The fact is, for the average NBA fan, the playoffs is a time of watching the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors ease by their opponents so that they can meet in the NBA Finals.
One year and two months from now, he'll be a freshman.
And if LeBron doesn't know yet, how could Cleveland be ruled out?
James, 33, can opt out of his current Cavaliers deal, with plenty of teams chasing the three-time National Basketball Association champion.
"I still want to be in championship mode", LeBron said after his team was eliminated from the NBA Finals, echoing the conventional wisdom that he wants to chase another ring. "Always wanted to win here".
It's quite simple. James would leave Cleveland because this season and this postseason particularly, James' was carrying the entire team on his shoulders.
But there is history with the Cavaliers, who won the 2016 championship with James leading the way.
LeBron James hid a pretty significant hand injury from everybody after Game 1 of the NBA Finals. "This is his chance, and I think for Paul George at this point in his career, he has to pick winning, and I think that's his focus".
The possibility remains that Cleveland could retool and make another run, but doing so would require some serious creativity. "All I know is they're the two best players that I've ever witnessed". The last four NBA Finals have been played by the same two teams. "Then he has to go through Houston and Golden State". They were a teenage boy, pre-teen, a little girl that wasn't around. "But when you have something to be excited about when you wake up in the morning and you have a great family like I do, it's all worth it".