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NBA Finals Q&A: LeBron James, 'Last year I played to prove people wrong'

The Heat's LeBron James talks about last year's NBA Finals, how this year's series reminds him of the 1991 NBA Finals and what he's learned from Hakeem Olajuwon.
by Berry Tramel Modified: June 20, 2012 at 9:05 pm •  Published: June 20, 2012
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You talked about the things that you wanted to do better after last year, and one of the things you did was go to Houston. Have you heard from Hakeem (Olajuwon) recently about your progress in the post, and when you look back at what you did at that point, do you see it manifesting now?

James: “Yeah, I've talked to him three times since the postseason started. He asked me if I've been watching the film. He tells me to continue to do what I've been doing … staying in the post will get you easy buckets, and he also tells me to continue to have fun. That's the thing he noticed with me this year. He's seen me have a lot of fun, and I give a lot of thanks to him for allowing me to go down there and work with him for that week, and instill a part of my game that I felt like needed to be worked, and I was happy that I was able to go and join him and get work on it.”

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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