An understandably bummed out LeBron James delivered a message directly to his fans, and by extension, supporters of the Cleveland Cavaliers while getting a fresh cut this weekend.

LeBron is of course disappointed with the way the season ended for the Cavs, in a six-game loss to the champion Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

But James says that he’s happy with how his short-handed squad stepped up without two of its All-Stars, and in yet another indication that he’ll be staying in Cleveland long-term, LBJ says this is just the first step of his championship quest.

Per Bleacher Report:

“It hurt to lose, and I’m still in a little funk right now, but I’m trying to work my way out of it,” James said. […] “You know, for a team that’s first getting together, in our first year to be able to reach the Finals — not saying I’m happy with the results, but I’m proud of our guys,” James said. “Just the growth that they had from the first day we walked in the gym to the other day, us losing, I’m proud of the guys and what they was able to accomplish.”

 

“Being back home is everything that I dreamed of, everything that I thought about,” he said. “Being back with these fans, being back with this community, just being back here and trying to bring joy to this city, which deserves it. Bringing a sense of pride to this city, which deserves it. Giving this city something to talk about, which they deserve.” […] “Hopefully I made you guys proud in year one.”

 

“Hopefully I can put our team in position once again to try to compete for a championship next year and year in and year out,” he said. “That’s my goal, and my inspiration hasn’t changed.”