What life was like the last time there was an NBA Finals without LeBron James
LeBron James had played in five straight NBA Finals entering this year, and after last night's loss to the Golden State Warriors, he had begun his sixth in a row. That's fairly well-known among even casual sports fans. But it takes some context to fully understand how ridiculous it is.
Think about your life in June 2010. That was the last time an NBA Finals was played without LeBron.
A world where Karl-Anthony Towns was 14 years old, people carried around an iPhone 3GS, the Warriors were 26-56 and Kim Kardashian was fresh off a breakup with Reggie Bush. That's what we're talking about here.
Take a stroll through the semi-distant past with us as we remember life in June 2010, as the Los Angeles Lakers took down the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals -- and LeBron watched from home, something he hasn't done ever since.
The No. 1 song in the country was California Gurls by Katy Perry
The No. 1 box office seller was The Karate Kid, starring Jaden Smith
The Warriors missed the playoffs, going 26-56 under Don Nelson -- Steph Curry was 21
Obama was 17 months into his first term as president
The Decision had not happened yet
Carmelo Anthony was on the Denver Nuggets and Chris Paul was on the New Orleans Hornets
Blake Griffin and John Wall hadn't played an NBA game yet
The latest iPhone model was the iPhone 3GS
Karl-Anthony Towns was 14 years old
Kim Kardashian was newly single after a breakup with Reggie Bush
Osama bin Laden had not yet been killed
Brett Favre's streak of consecutive starts was still active -- with the Minnesota Vikings
The Atlanta Braves were the best team in the National League
Ronda Rousey was two months away from her amateur MMA debut
Game of Thrones wouldn't premiere on HBO for another 10 months
Drake released his debut album "Thank Me Later"
"The Fast and the Furious" movie franchise only had four installments
Bryce Harper was selected No. 1 overall by the Washington Nationals
Your Facebook timeline was known as your "wall"
There were 225,000 apps in the App Store -- there were 1.5 million in June 2015