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LeBron happy at Cavs despite loss

LEBRON James insists Cleveland's loss to Orlando will not impact his future with the Cavaliers despite missing out on the NBA finals.

James stormed out of Amway Arena without speaking to the media on Saturday night after the Cavaliers were eliminated with a 90-103 loss to the Magic in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. The league MVP, who also did not shake hands with Olympic teammate Dwight Howard or congratulate any Orlando players as he left the floor, said on Sunday that he's happy in Cleveland and feels the Cavaliers made major progress this season.

"I'm great. I feel great about this situation that's going on," James said. "You want to continue to get better, that's all you can ask. We got better and I feel this team will be better next season. You don't want to take a step backward."

The Cavs won 66 regular-season games and their second Central Division title this season.

James, who averaged 38.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists against Orlando, said he hasn't given any thought to signing a contract extension with the Cavaliers this summer.

Cleveland can offer the extension on July 18 - the three-year anniversary of him signing his previous deal.

"I don't know," James said when asked if he'll sign. "I haven't thought about it just yet. I'm just going to take time off from basketball and not think about contracts or the game."

James said he sent an e-mail to Howard following Saturday's game. "It's hard for me to congratulate somebody after you just lose to them," he said. "I'm a winner. It's not being a poor sport or anything like that. If somebody beats you up, you're not going to congratulate them. That doesn't make sense to me."

While the Cavaliers are left to lick their wounds, the Magic travel to Los Angles to play Game 1 of the best-of-seven NBA finals against the Western Conference champions Lakers on Thursday.


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