The Prince finally earns his crown

So unless you live under a rock or have not payed attention to anything in the media as of late, you have heard LeBron James and the Miami Heat closed out their NBA Finals series with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The final result, a 121-106 thrashing of the Thunder, in which a series after Game 1, was all Miami Heat.

The Thunder proceeded to take Game 1 at home against the Miami Heat, and then as in every other series this playoffs, Lebron James turned it on and boy did he dominate. Nothing like his Conference Finals stats against Boston where he single handedly won that series for the Heat, but this was a player possessed. Fueled by what all the critics had been saying about him for years, about not having the “clutch” gene, for taking his talents to south beach and forming the Big 3, being arrogant, etc. But in a lockout shortened season, Lebron was able to get it done. He did everything asked of him, and even more to earn his first NBA title and NBA Finals MVP along with winning his 3rd MVP award this season.

By winning the title Lebron has escaped that fateful Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, and Steve Nash group as players to win multiple MVP awards but not a title. This postseason has changed the opinions and minds of everyone, a whole new attitude, demeanor, determination and even his play on the court. He put together one of the most dominating postseasons in recent memories, something Jordan-esque, averaging 30.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg, and 5.6 apg. I can certaintly tell you one thing, he has changed my mind along with the minds of the critics everywhere.

Moving forward where does this leave LeBron? Will we see him fufill his promises of multiple rings in Miami? One year has definitely changed his mentality as a player. The heartbreaking loss of last season has seemed to mature in a way we thought we thought we would never see. A humble attitude off the court along with an intensity on the court that I have only seen out of players like Garnett, Kobe and Jordan. It should be interesting to see how things play out in the future. Lebron has the talent to win multiple rings and the scariest thought is that now that the pressure is off of him, how will he perform in the future. He will have to worry about a full 82 game season next year, but honestly will that matter? Once the playoffs get here it is a whole different ballgame. You can argue he wont be as fresh as he was this postseason when he averaged just short of 43 minutes a game. Only time will tell in the future, and it will be exciting to see it play out!

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