The continuing search by the Cleveland Cavaliers for a veteran point guard to back up Kyrie Irving has brought up a number of options over the past few weeks.
However, as of late, times have not been easy.
The NBA champions had lost three straight and six of eight while James questioned whether the organization was fully committed to winning a second title.
James scored 31 points on 13 of 18 shooting, while Kyrie Irving came up with 28 points as the Cavaliers notched their 31st win in 45 games. After all, the Nets are considered to be one of the worst teams in the entire Association at just 9-37. They've went 6-7 in the month of January and while much has been made of how the Cavs can improve their defense, there hasn't been as much talk about their offense. It's up to Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue to get his team in the gym and to practice on these fundamentals, though. "Listen, at the end of the day, the road to a championship or the road to success shouldn't be a bed of roses".
"I think it's great", he said. So, having bumps in the road, I think it builds character and I think it's good for our team.
"They're a great team".
Conspiracy theorists might suggest the Nets' strategy was to have their two best players fresh for Saturday night's game at Target Center against a 17-29 Timberwolves team and take their chances against the Eastern Conference-leading Cavs.
If you remember back to last season, the Warriors entered the playoffs after posting the best regular season mark in National Basketball Association history at 73-9. "If we stay with that mentality, we're going to get better".
King James wants to ensure that his guys are ready for the Playoffs- when things really matter.