Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star LeBron James blames himself for depriving the NBA of a showdown between Kobe Bryant and James in the 2009 Finals.
"I know the world wanted to see it," said James to reporters on Tuesday. "I wanted it. We wanted it. He held up his end and I didn't hold up my end, and I hate that that didn't happen."
James and the Cavaliers finished the 2008-09 regular season with 66 wins, one more than the Lakers. While the Lakers advanced in the playoffs through the Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets, the Cavaliers were stopped in the Eastern Conference Finals by Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic.