The scene looked like the Media Day for the Superbowl with hundreds of media outlets from all around the world descended on ORACLE Arena Wednesday in preparation for Thursdays Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
One unexpected attendee included television personality Guillermo Rodririguez from the Jimmy Kimmel show who tried to convince Draymond Green to give him a hug. See video below.
Before the question and answer period media watched the Warriors warm up to music ranging from the Motown Sound to Lenny Kravitz. The atmosphere wasn't different from any others Warriors practice and they were in their usual reserved form while the Cavaliers were loud and loose, Lebron James reciting rap lyrics and cracking jokes at fellow teammates while donning bright metallic high tops.
Warriors fans will be happy to know that center Marreese Speights participated in practice and spoke to reporters. Speights will be ready to play should head coach Steve Kerr call his number and is excited about banging under the rim.
"We know going into the Finals the play is more physical, I'm looking forward to it. They're a real physical team and we play both ways," said Speights.
Once considered the player who couldn't come through in the clutch Lebron James cannot be stopped when gets in his zone. James left Bulls fans in shock in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semis last month when he sank a buzzer beater to tie the series 2-2; the Cavs would go on to win the series 4-2.
Warriors also know the wrath of James when as a member of the Miami Heat last February James he sank a buzzer beating 3-pointer to win the game 111-110. While he is known to carry his team on his back, James also has a good supporting cast.
"Lebron, he's going to go out there, he's going to get huge numbers every single night," said Warriors forward Harrison Barnes. "Those guys are just as important."
With a supporting cast compiled of Kyrle Irving, Timofey Mozgov, Iman Shumpert and Tristan Thompson this finals match-up is hardly Lebron James versus the Golden State Warriors and it isn't Stephen Curry versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.
During his press conference James spokehighly of the ball handling skills the league has ever seen in Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
"When you have a handle like that you can pretty much get any shot you want and they show you that and they both show you that. With their speed, their change of pace, their ball handling and their ability to shoot the ball, they can absolutely just shoot the rock," said James.
The dynamic ball handling offensively and sound defense of the Warriors as well as they physicality that the Cleveland Cavaliers this series should be one of the best in recent years.