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Wednesday / June 20.
  • LeBron played final three games with broken hand, says he can’t answer whether he’s done in Cleveland

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    LeBron James played the final three games of the NBA Finals with a broken hand after bashing a blackboard following the Game 1 loss at Golden State.

    The news was reported by several media outlets before James took the podium following Golden State’s sweep in Game 4. James then came to the podium with his right hand in a black cast.

    “What happened, self inflicted post-game after Game 1,” he said referring to the game in which J.R. Smith dribbled out several seconds of a tie game in regulation before the Warriors eventually won in overtime. “Very emotional. For a lot of different reasons, I understand how important a Game 1 is on the road for our ball club.”

    “I let the emotions get the best of me and pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand, so that’s what it is,” he added.

    James was also repeatedly pressed on his future heading into free agency and said he can’t answer whether or not he’s played his final game in Cleveland.

    “I don’t have an answer for you right now as far as that,” he said.

    James, now 3-6 in NBA Finals, has been linked to various teams, including the Lakers, Warriors, Rockets and Sixers.

    “I’m still in championship mode,” he said. “When I decide what I’m going to do with my future, my family and the people who have been around me 20 years will have a say-so.”

    James was also asked whether he might like to own the Cavaliers one day.

    “I don’t know,” he said. “I can’t predict the future on ownership and things of that nature, but I have a lot of knowledge of the game. I understand talent, I know talent….We’ll see what happens.”

    Meantime, Bovada installed the Cavs at 25/1 to win the 2019 NBA title pending James’ free agency decision. The Warriors are 5/4 and the Rockets 4/1.

    Photo: Tom Withers

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.