The King has finally got a Ring. Former No.1 overall pick LeBron James waited nine years just to reach the top of the NBA mountain and the wait may have been all worth it. Throughout those nine years, James endured a lot of pain most especially losing in the NBA Finals twice before this. He also received a lot of criticisms especially with the infamous “Decision” and his disappearing act in last year’s Finals series. Through all of these, James kept on working to improve his game and the result is a championship, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games. Owners of Miami Heattickets as well as the people in the whole world were “Witnesses” for the crowning glory of man also known as The Chosen One.
Throughout this season, James was really playing with a chip on his shoulder. He was criticized for “The Decision” as well as for his play in the NBA Finals but he did not back down from those things. Instead, he used it as a motivation to finally end his title drought. During the regular season, he was named the Most Valuable Player for the third time in his career. Once the playoffs started, James was once again unstoppable.
During the NBA Finals series, James posted five-game averages of 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 7.4 assists in 44 minutes of play. Due to his great play all throughout the Finals, James was named as the Finals MVP, becoming the first player since Tim Duncan in 2003 to win both regular season and finals MVP.
“I’m happy now that eight years later, nine years later since I’ve been drafted, that I can finally say that I’m a champion, and I did it the right way,” James said. The 2012 Finals MVP added, “I didn’t shortcut anything. You know, I put a lot of hard work and dedication in it, and hard work pays off. It’s a great moment for myself.”
In the title clinching game, James posted a triple double (the fifth player in the history to do so) 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. It also helped that he got help from other Heat players. His other all-start teammates Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade contributed 24 and 20 points respectively. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all was the contributions of Mike Miller. He came off the bench and scored 23 points in 23 minutes, thanks to a hot 7 of 8 shooting from beyond the arc.
Like James, all of the players except for Wade and Udonis Haslem, won their first championship ring. Wade and Haslem already won it in 2006 along with head coach Erik Spoelstra.
Wade doing less for more
When Miami won it all in 2006, Wade was The Man. Six years after, Wade had to step aside for his superstar teammate and the championship simply validated the fact that he was able to play that role into perfection. Wade even told that this championship is more meaningful as to the one he received in 2006.
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