LeBron James captured his first NBA title last night and as he said “it’s about damn time” but let’s be honest it doesn’t stop here King!
While it might feel like the weight of the world is off of his shoulders hopefully James knows that this is just the beginning because now that he has won a championship all of the Heat fans and LeBron apologists will expect him to do this for many years to come. However I got some news for those already talking repeat, if James thought winning one championship was difficult wait until next season and if you don’t believe me all you have to do is ask LeBron’s right hand man Dwyane Wade. Wade was a member of the 2005-2006 championship Miami Heat team and it took him another six years to realize the dream of being a champion once again.
The King Reigns Supreme…
I recognize when I see greatness but do I have to become a royal butt-kisser I think not… The stats that LeBron averaged during the playoffs especially in the finals have been epic tying his playoff career-high with 13 assists in Game 5 as the Heat scored 34 points from those assists. The 34 points created from James’ assists are the most in James’ postseason career and second-most in any NBA Finals game since the 1996-97 season.
What really impressed me about LeBron’s game during these finals compared to last season is that he wasn’t trying to over do it, he stuck with what he does best and that’s not shooting jumpers but rather posting up and going strong to the basket. The King scored 18 points in the paint during Game 5 and averaged 17.6 points per game in the paint during the 2012 Finals; he also scored at least 16 points in the paint in every game during the series, after not scoring more than 12 points in the paint in any game during the 2011 Finals.
The King’s Court Proved To Be More Than A Bunch Of Royal Fools…
If somebody told me at the beginning of the playoffs that guys named Battier, Chalmers, & Miller would ultimately prove to be the difference makers in this championship run I would have laughed in your face.
But that’s just what happened…
During these 2012 Finals nobody stepped up bigger for the Heat than Shane Battier, who hit wide open shots seemingly everytime he touched the rock, Mario Chalmers’ Game 4 performance was the key to the Heat taking the commanding 3-1 series lead, and then there’s Mike Miller who’s obviously on his last leg but provided some Magic (team that drafted him no pun intended) scoring 23 huge points going 7-8 from beyond the arch.
So what does all of this championship really mean for the LeBron?
It means that he now joins the company of guys that have one ring yet he’s still 1 shy of tying Olajuwon, 3 shy of Duncan, 4 shy of Kobe, 5 shy of Jordan, and 10 shy of Bill Russell.
Meaning the King still has work to do and it won’t be easy…
Not to mention my favorite part… In the record books the Heat’s Championship will read something like this:
2011-2012 Champions Miami Heat *66 Game Shortened Season
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