On finishing runner-up to LeBron: “LeBron, that’s like unheard of for a guy to get three out of four MVPs the last four years. He’s a good friend of mine. I’m happy for him. Of course I would’ve loved to have the MVP but at the same time I’ve just got to keep improving, keep getting better and hopefully I have one soon.”
On any competition with LeBron: “I’m always motivated. Me not winning MVP doesn’t make me more motivated than I already was. It’s a great opportunity for us to have a chance to compete for a world championship, I just want to go out there an be me. I can’t think about it too much because I didn’t win it. Just go out there and be me and live with the results.”
On finishing second: “I’ve been second since high school man. Second drafted. Second best player in high school. Second in MVP votes twice. I’m over that being second stuff.”
On Perk: “He’s been looking good around here lately. Game 1, I expect him to be ready.”
Audio via Randy Renner of NBA.com.