The Cleveland Cavaliers were never going to win the NBA Finals.
When LeBron James scores 51 points - not forgetting eight rebounds and assists - and you still cannot beat the Golden State Warriors, you are not going to come out on top in a seven-game series.
Perhaps the Cavs could have won if JR Smith had not forgotten the score and decided he was "going rover" like Will Ferrell's Jackie Moon in Semi-Pro, sending game one to overtime and making James' bemused reaction – a picture of frustration, bafflement and anger – an internet sensation.
The fact James let his emotions get the better of him and played the rest of the Finals with a broken hand made a sweeping inevitable. It did not stop him moving past fellow greatest of all time candidate Michael Jordan for the most 30-point playoff games in NBA history later in the series, but it was the final straw.
With the Cavs going nowhere, the four-time MVP jumped ship.
James' decision to join the Los Angeles Lakers adds to the obscene amount of talent in the Western Conference, where he will hope to get one over the Warriors once again to secure the fourth ring he craves so desperately.
Should he do so, the 33-year-old would leave a legacy that few could better.
Six-time NBA champion Jordan defined an era with the Chicago Bulls, but glory in LA - and a title with a third different team - could well give James an edge.
James incredibly had one of his best seasons in his 15th year in the league. He did not miss even one of the Cavs' 104 games, averaged 27.5 points in the regular season - his most prolific since 2009-10 - matched a career best of 8.6 rebounds per match and averaged a personal high of 9.1 assists. Not bad.
Furthermore, James was at his most effective from three-point range, taking five per match and shooting at 36.7 per cent.
Clearly there is no rush for him to take the Lakers, one of the NBA's most storied franchises, from a low ebb to a title.
His powers are not on the decline, so James can build the team he wants in a city he loves, while he gets to start out with an exciting young core that includes talents like Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma.
The Lakers have the salary-cap flexibility to become a behemoth once more, with James a huge pull for other stars wanting to challenge the Warriors' empire and attempt to upset the status quo.
But knocking off the Warriors will be by no means easy and James will be well aware of that.
It has been reported he attempted to persuade Kevin Durant to join him in LA, thus weakening the Warriors. But Durant, the Finals MVP in Golden State's successive triumphs over the Cavs, will re-sign with the Warriors on a deal that leaves room to make further moves.
A shock one-year deal for DeMarcus Cousins fits that bill and makes the Warriors even stronger – Steve Kerr can now call upon five All-Stars in his starting line-up. Such a superteam is unprecedented in the modern NBA, but it is the challenge James must overcome.
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey branded the league a "weapons race" after trading for Chris Paul ahead of the 2017-18 season.
Mike D'Antoni's team went on to have the best regular-season record, but they still fell to Golden State in the Western Conference finals in the absence of the often-injured Paul.
Conquering the Warriors has become an even more daunting feat, but one that, should he achieve it for the second time in his career, would take James a step closer to individual immortality.
If anyone can do it, it is LeBron.
|Bucks improve to 2-0 against Raptors with win in Toronto|
|Warriors´ Green to return against Timberwolves|
|I feel for him… we´ll make it work – Butler responds to Embiid´s frustration|
|We´ll always be linked together forever - Wade reflects on playing with James before final match-up|
|Wall ´shouldn´t have played´ against Cavaliers after scoring just one point|
|LeBron explains why he gave a Grizzlies employee his game-worn shoes|
|Bulls coach Boylen: Hooked starters ´embarrassing´ in record loss|
|LeBron: Final Wade matchup will be bittersweet|
|LeBron flirts with triple-double as Lakers down Grizzlies|
|Mavericks rookie Doncic leads impressive fourth-quarter surge to beat Rockets|
|Thompson, Kerr: Warriors were embarrassed after first Bucks game|
|Lakers ´gave in a little bit´ in San Antonio, admits Walton|
|Butler scores 38 points in Sixers win, LeBron double-double not enough|
|Struggles due to new offense with Butler – 76ers´ Embiid|
|Bucks deal for Hill in five-player trade as Dellavedova returns to Cavs|
|Rookie? Spurs shave 15 seasons off LeBron´s career|
|I´m not having fun – Gordon bemoans Rockets´ woes|
|Embiid to miss Pistons game for rest, coach Brown says|
|Harden ´not concerned at all´ by Rockets´ collapse|
|Stevens pleased with improving Celtics as Brown stars|
|Celtics having fun again after fourth win in a row|
|Hornets´ Walker dismisses superstar tag|
|Warriors GM: Durant, Green in good place after argument|
|Durant interested in NBA ownership, bringing a team back to Seattle|
|Jazz star Donovan Mitchell trying to avoid jury duty|
|Lakers F Ingram will undergo precautionary MRI|
|I´ve been so trash! - Sixers star Embiid unhappy with recent performances|
|LeBron ´couldn´t care less´ about personal narrative as Lakers win|
|Leonard plays harder in big games, says Raptors coach Nurse|
|LeBron scores 42 points for streaking Lakers, Raptors down 76ers|
|Warriors star Curry says it ´was a little weird´ playing Cavs without LeBron|
|George outscores Nets in fourth quarter to bring Thunder back to win|
|Durant: It´s difficult to play with LeBron James|
|Sparks appoint former Lakers guard Fisher as coach|
|Lakers can win championship even without second star, says Walton|
|LeBron James sees logic in Magic and Kobe´s concerns over his usage|
|Jazz deliver prolific offensive performance, pick up big win over Spurs|
|Lakers guard Rondo nearing return|
|Markelle Fultz out indefinitely with thoracic outlet syndrome|
|Warriors´ Klay Thompson calls Cavs and LeBron James ´bums´ for 2016 NBA Finals trolling|
|Grizzlies sign Joakim Noah for rest of season|
|Lakers will be champions before you know it - Kobe Bryant|
|Nurse proud despite ´awesome´ Jokic ending Raptors winning streak|
|Nuggets coach Malone hails ´phenomenal´ Jokic|
|Warriors star Curry tired of Young comparisons|
|Jokic triple-double downs high-flying Raptors, Curry and Durant lift Warriors|
|Canada seal World Cup spot in China|
|Bulls fire head coach Hoiberg, promote Boylen|
|LeBron James says Kyle Kuzma relationship is getting better all the time|
|Simmons says he played through sprained ankle against Grizzlies|
|LeBron and Lakers top Suns, extend winning streak to three|
|USA, Spain qualify for World Cup|
|Rose on bounce-back season: This is the happiest I´ve been in a long time|
|Pistons loss ´one of my worst performances´, says Warriors coach Kerr|
|Warriors fall to Pistons in Curry´s return|
|Curry happy to return despite ´terrible´ start|
|Knicks´ Hezonja boldly steps over Antetokounmpo|
|Warriors´ Green says toe is pain free, hopes to return soon|
|Gordon has a bit of a****** in him - Iriving urges Hayward to channel his aggression|
|I made sure I charged into him - LeBron gets revenge on Doncic|
|Grizzlies outlast Nets behind Jaren Jackson Jr.´s career-high 36 points|
|Barbosa and M´Baye dominate as France, Australia secure FIBA World Cup berths|
|Wizards center Howard undergoes back surgery|
|He talks a lot of trash! - Durant hands jersey to rap star Drake|
|Durant excited by Curry return after inspired display fails to deny Raptors|
|Raptors beat Warriors in OT thriller|
|USA beaten by Argentina in World Cup qualifying|
|WATCH: Durant hits ridiculous step-back three-pointer to force overtime|
|Appreciate you helping us get better! - Steph Curry offers fitting response to girl´s trainer issue|
|Westbrook humbled as he ties Kidd for triple-doubles|