Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 6/5/13
Tim Duncan and LeBron James have come a long way since they met in the 2007 Finals. Duncan was already a legend in pursuit of his fourth ring, while LeBron was attempting to begin his own championship legacy. Duncan was leading an experienced Spurs team that featured Bruce Bowen, Robert Horry, and younger versions of Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. LeBron was carrying a lackluster Cleveland team that started Drew Gooden, Zydrunas Ilgauskus and Larry Hughes. After his Spurs swept the Cavaliers in this mostly uncompetitive series, Duncan took LeBron aside to offer him some interesting advice: "This is going to be your league in a little while, but uh, I appreciate you giving us this year," Duncan told James. Duncan was on top of his game in 2007, but its doubtful the 31-year-old star expected to see LeBron in another Finals six years down the line. Even if he did, Tim definitely did not plan on seeing a LeBron coming off of his fourth MVP award. LBJ had plenty of room for improve...
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