Often lost in the euphoria of confetti blizzards and champagne showers of an NBA Finals triumph is the crushing despair just down the hall.
Just last June, an exhausted LeBron James sat behind the microphone not long after his fourth career loss in the finals. He had done everything he could have possibly done for the short-handed Cavaliers He had been trying to end Cleveland's 51-year championship drought, and it wasn't enough.
In a moment of unbridled honesty, James wondered if it was all worth it.
"I'm almost starting to be like I'd rather not even make the playoffs than to lose in the finals," James said after the Cavs lost to the Warriors in six...