Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James said Tuesday that the Cavs will make the playoffs this season, a year after winning the NBA championship.
James said during a post-game interview with ESPN.com’s Mike Trudell that the playoffs are the ultimate goal, adding that he thinks he can do it.
“I want to be a part of the playoffs,” James said.
“So if we can get there, we’ll be fine.
That’s the goal, so I don’t really care about that.”
The Cavaliers’ playoff hopes have been on the decline for years, but they have been a perennial contender since their 2011 championship.
Cleveland has won 10 NBA titles since joining the league, and its franchise-record 52-year playoff streak is the longest in NBA history.
It’s a streak that is set to end after this season.
The Cavaliers are also looking to improve on the playoff drought that began when they went to the Finals in 2014.
They’re looking to become the first team since the New York Knicks to make the finals since 1979.