Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/13/12
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For Heat forward LeBron James, this NBA Finals meeting with Thunder forward Kevin Durant has practically seemed inevitable, based on their friendship and their standing in the league. "Our relationship has been growing since he was in high school, all the way through Texas and all his years in the NBA," James said of taking Durant under his wing before the Thunder, behind Durant's 36 points, won Tuesday night's opening game of the NBA Finals 105-94. Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday. "For me, I understood what the situation he was getting himself into being drafted as high as he was, and the things that came with being drafted to a team that needed a marquee player or a superstar." James said he felt it only right to assist the way veterans had assisted him during his climb. "You know, from day one, I always lent my hand out to guide him if he needed it, to help him, to mentor him if he needed it through anything, and that's on and off the floor, because to that point I've ...
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