LeBron James and Anthony Davis discussed the psychological impact of the bubble ahead of their game 1 NBA Finals matchup against the Miami Heat.
"It's probably been the most challenging thing I've ever done as far as a professional, as far as committing to something and actually making it through. But I knew when I was coming what we were coming here for.
"I would be lying if I sat up here and knew that everything inside the bubble, the toll that it would take on your mind and your body and everything else, because it's been extremely tough. But I'm here for one reason and one reason only, and that's to compete for a championship," said James.
Davis echoed James' claims about the mental strain of the bubble.
"I think this one is going to be a tough one. People said it's going to be the toughest championship in NBA history from a mental standpoint just because of the circumstances," said Davis.
James added that he holds no special meaning in playing against the Heat, with Davis ranking the possibility of James winning this title "probably second behind Cleveland."
James then complimented Pat Riley's impact on the NBA.
"He's won at every level. I saw the stat the other day that he's been part of a championship in four decades. This league is not the same without Riles. He's a great guy, great motivator, someone that just knows what it takes to win, and he's shown that over the course of -- what -- 40 years."