CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - June 2:
6:45 p.m.: The Cavaliers are in the building. Players walked through security at Oracle Arena dressed for success prior to Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
12:00 p.m. (ET): Cleveland is looking much different from last June. They are at full strength as they try again for the franchise's first championship after losing in six games last year.
Kyrie Irving went down with a devastating knee injury in a Game 1 and Kevin Love missed last year's series because of a dislocated left shoulder. The healthy Cavs, who also added Channing Frye this season, like their chances with Love in the mix.
"It's nice not having to sit there and watch. I mentioned last year that it was very bittersweet. Bitter having to sit there and watch not being able to help, but sweet seeing so many guys that are the main reason we are where we are today stepping up and making big plays," Kevin Love said. "That was the sweet part of now being here and being able to play."
4:50 p.m. LeBron James took the podium and told reporters he's back to being himself. Said he's grateful to be a part of the NBA and he focuses on being a better role model for our youth.
4:30 p.m. Kyrie Irving spoke to reporters and said he wasn't really focused on the Western Conference during Round 3 of the NBA playoffs. He was focused on getting the Cavs to the Finals. He's watched plenty of tape since then seeing what he can learn from it and get better.
3 p.m. Former Cleveland Cavalier Andy Varejao says he and LeBron James don't talk much anymore. Andy says he doesn't have a problem playing against former teammates and friends.
"That's what you have to do, once you hit the floor you have to continue balling, helping your team. You have to stay focused and fight, fight to win," Andy said.
LeBron James booed by GS Warriors fans as he got off the bus in the Bay Area.
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