LeBron James finally did it.
The King was drafted #1 overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003, and it seems like he was immediately faced with an improbable challenge: bringing an NBA championship trophy home for the first time ever.
It seems like his entire career and legacy would always have an asterisk next to it if he never won a title in Cleveland. After losing to the San Antonio Spurs in 2007, and then later leaving for two titles in Miami, criticism and the weight on LeBron’s shoulders only grew larger once he returned to Cleveland as a champion elsewhere. It seemed he would never get the respect and credit he deserved until winning in Cleveland. Last night, he finally did it. He finally flipped the script to his entire career.
LeBron was 2-4 in the NBA Finals before improving to 3-4 last night, and he’s taken a lot of heat for coming up short on the biggest of stages. He’s been criticised for his “clutch” gene, mostly in comparisons to the greatest player ever in that regard, Michael Jordan. But that’s never who LeBron was, nor will it ever be who he becomes. He’s writing his own legacy, doing it his own way.
As evident in his play, LeBron isn’t the assassin or the “killer” like Jordan was labeled as. But, arguably more impressively, he displays a bit of everything on the highest level. As shown throughout the entire series, and especially in Games 5 and 6, he can become the best scorer on the court; He is the best passer and “point guard” on the court, despite having the measurables of a traditional power forward; He is by far the most athletic, explosive and versatile athlete of today’s generation, as displayed through his patented blocks from behind – like the one that led to Kyrie Irving’s go ahead three pointer that sealed the deal for Cleveland’s first championship in NBA history.
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LeBron can do everything on the court. And now that he finally achieved what he set out to do when he entered the league in 2003 – win a championship in Cleveland – he can do whatever he wants.
LeBron received so much criticism in part because of his first departure from Cleveland – probably in large part because he held a TV show “The Decision” to do so. More so, though, because he left without bringing them a ring first. But now that he accomplished that, LeBron can leave and join whichever team he so pleases. He has nothing more to accomplish but win as many championships as possible.
I believe now that he finally achieved his number 1 goal and finally lifted the biggest weight off his shoulders, we will see LeBron win more championships wherever he wants. “Not one, not two…” you know how it goes.
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