Haters, bite your tongues.
LeBron James has followed through on the declaration that he would bring a championship to the city of Cleveland. King James brought the Cleveland Cavaliers their very first NBA Championship this past Sunday in improbable fashion.
Ten day ago, with their backs against the wall, the James-led Cavaliers' season was all but over - trailing the reigning NBA champions 3 games to 1. But the the self-proclaimed best player on the planet refused to lay down and let the Stephen Curry-led Warriors repeat as NBA champs.
The turning point of the series took place not on the hardwood, but behind the microphone in front of a slew of reporters. A beat writer asked LeBron about a comment that Klay Thompson had made minutes earlier, insinuating that LeBron’s feelings were hurt after being verbally assaulted by the ever-so-pesky Draymond Green. James responded by saying that he was going to take the high road, but he was visibly irked by the comment.
So what did The King do the very next game? He went out and made the Warriors look like fools as he dropped 41 points on them en route to a crunch-time victory. The 40-plus from LeBron was the headline, but what was overlooked was how he led the Cavaliers' defense. James and the Cavs made it almost impossible for the Warriors to get a clean look at the bucket.
With the Cavs' resurgence, the basketball world started to believe that Cleveland could accomplish a feat that no NBA team had done before, win an NBA Finals series after trailing 3 games to 1.
Well, we all know how this ended. LeBron played some of the most outstanding individual basketball we have ever witnessed. Simply off the charts. The stat sheet won’t do it justice and that is saying a lot considering James averaged close to a triple-double during The Finals.
Watching the way that LeBron brought his team together to play defense resembling an amoeba made me appreciate LeBron James more than I ever had before. There was no way the Cavaliers were going to let the Warriors get an easy look at the basket after crossing midcourt. It was a masterful performance that no one could have scripted.
Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals was one of the best basketball games NBA fans will ever see. Both teams would not give an inch and in the end it came down to who could stay mentally focused and physically controlled. The Cavaliers prevailed behind a Hall of Fame performance from LeBron James that will forever be remember by the city of Cleveland.
James now has three NBA titles and he's just 31-years-old. Those comparisons to His Airness, Michael Jordan? At age 31, Jordan had won three titles as well.
LeBron’s career is far from over, and whether you want to admit it or not, we may be watching the greatest player to ever play the game. Strap in, because LeBron James isn’t going anywhere.