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In shadow of defeat, LeBron vows to improve

Originally Published: June 11, 2007
By Brian Windhorst | Special to ESPN.com

CLEVELAND -- As they encountered each other in a crowded hallway for their nightly postmortem with the world's media, Tim Duncan and LeBron James had a sportsmanlike embrace. To make room for James in his arms, Duncan had to hand off the polished and shiny Larry O'Brien Trophy he was holding.

Just like that, a championship passed James by.

In the moments after his fourth season ended with a fourth straight defeat to the four-time champion Spurs, James managed to crack a smile ...

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