LOOK: Despite loss to the Spurs, LeBron James pays tribute to Tim Duncan on Instagram

In 2007, when LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers first met Tim Duncan and his San Antonio Spurs, this happened:

After being swept by the Spurs, LeBron went to congratulate Duncan after game four, and Duncan told James something that has probably stuck with him since then, “This is going to be your league in a little while.”

Since then, James has gone back to the Finals four times with the Miami Heat and once more with the Cavs, coming away with two championships. He’s also taken home two Finals MVPs and four MVP trophies too.

The two played against each other for the first time this season, and early on, James’ Cavs were up big thanks to some hot shooting from JR Smith, 32-20 after the initial 12 minutes. However, the Spurs kept pounding the rock like they always do, and a big fourth quarter burst gave them the win, 99-95.

Afterwards, James posted the following on his Instagram account, paying tribute to The Big Fundamental:

It’s only been an hour since he posted it, but James’ message already has 105,000 likes.

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