Heat's LeBron James confident going into NBA Finals

Heat forward LeBron James reacts during Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference final against the...

Heat forward LeBron James reacts during Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference final against the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, June 1, 2013. (BRENT SMITH/Reuters)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:34 PM ET

MIAMI - The league’s best player isn’t lacking in confidence ahead of Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

LeBron James was swept by San Antonio as a Cleveland Cavalier back in 2007, but nobody believes he’s the same guy who couldn’t get it done then, especially not James himself.

While in the past, the Spurs were able to “dare” him to shoot the ball, that’s not going to work anymore.

“If you go into my pick and roll now, I’m going to shoot. And I’m confident I’m going to make every last one of them,” James said on Wednesday.

James pointed out the obvious — that he has a far better supporting cast as well now — but his quantum leap since ’07 is almost as important as his upgraded sidekicks.

The great Tim Duncan said Wednesday that James has “evolved” — and that’s an apt way of putting it.

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra explained that James’ game has “evolved tenfold” since he chose Miami as his second NBA home.


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