King James earns his crown

Written by on June 22, 2012 in Hoops, Playoffs - No comments

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh celebrate their NBA finals win.

It looks as though the jokes about a ring-less LeBron James must finally come to an end. In an outstanding display the Miami Heat finished off the Oklahoma City Thunder to win their first NBA Championship after forming the Big 3 as James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in taking their talents to South Beach.

The Heat practically bulldozed the Thunder this series. After faltering in Game 1, Miami came back strong to win four straight and take the series 4-1 after winning 121-106 last night.

The win validates James’s much maligned choice to come to Miami to create a “super team” of sorts. While it seems hard to imagine James ever returning to the fan-favorite status he enjoyed before “The Decision,” a Larry O’Brien Trophy will go a long way in helping fans get over their dislike for his actions.

James has been nothing but humble throughout the entire NBA Playoffs. It’s sometimes hard to stomach the actions of this Heat team, such as refusing to speak to the media after a Conference Finals loss. But when you realize that James was so focused on winning that discussing a loss was so contrary to his goal that he simply couldn’t bring himself to do it, you understand that he wasn’t acting childish or malicious.

He just needed to win.

Although his detractors will point to this and that to show why this Championship is less deserved than in other years, it’s impossible to discount James’s dominating performances. For the playoffs, he averaged 30.3 points per game, 9.7 rebounds. and 5.6 assists, as well as 1.9 steals and just under 1 block per game. The impressive performance was capped with a fitting triple-double in Game 5, as James notched 26 points, 11 boards, and 13 dimes.

There was no question that James was going to win a championship; the question was when. Now that he’s had a taste of what it’s like to be on top, don’t expect him to stop any time soon.

Say what you will about LeBron James, but you have to respect him as a player. He dominated all season, put the Miami Heat on his back, and led them to their first championship in 6 years.

LeBron has always been touted as King James. Now he’s got the ring to back it up.

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