"This is the biggest difference that I remember between two teams heading into the Finals in my time in the National Basketball Association", he said of the Cavaliers-Warriors series that begins on Thursday.
An important face was missing from the moment: Andre Iguodala.
Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love remains in concussion protocol and his status for Game 1 of the NBA Finals is still unclear. By comparison, Cleveland was 5/2 a year ago, while the first two installments of the Finals against the Warriors had the Cavs at 19/10 and 9/5 underdogs in 2015 and 2016 respectively. "If we had Chris, if he was out there, we'd have been playing on Thursday". Nobody will mind in Cleveland if his defense is good; the Cavaliers will need him to be at his very best defending Golden State's perimeter scorers such as Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson.
That said, the Warriors' strategy against James, in the past, has been to mix things up - give him a bunch of different defenders and looks and make him think.
Yet here they are in a familiar spring spot as June approaches.
Jack Maloney: The Warriors could probably win this in four games without too much trouble considering the wide talent gap between these two teams.
Stephen Curry kept the game ball tucked under his left arm long after Monday's game, toddler daughter Ryan held in his right arm.
As the debate about Golden State being a potential dynasty rages on, general manager Bob Myers is not interested in talking about that possibility.
Draymond Green smooched his 1-year-old son, Draymond Jr.
Back home, fireworks went off in the East Bay as everyone anticipates another battle with King James. "So all the smiles and embraces you have with your teammates, your coaches, it's well deserved".
Love has struggled mightily against the Warriors on the NBA's biggest stage. Earlier in the media session, he had advocated just such a reworking of the playoffs - something that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has also considered - telling reporters, "I've always been for the top 16 records should be in the playoffs, and I would be absolutely fine if you then seeded one through 16, regardless of what conference you played in during the regular season".
With Kevin Durant dominating inside, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson sizzling as 3-point sharpshooters, and Draymond Green contributing rebounds and assists, the Warriors have been almost as formidable as they were in last year's title run.
Game 1 is ready to go, with up to seven games in total to be played over the next two weeks - but when will they take place?