“It’s about damn time man, It’s about damn time.” Lebron said moments after winning his first NBA Championship. It has been a long 9 years in the NBA for Lebron who came in with surreal expectations of how great he truly could be. Since arriving into the league in 2003 the bar was set so high that experts felt James could make the impossible seem possible. After 2 previous trips to the NBA finals which ended in losses for Lebron, he finally has a chance to call the trophy his along with the finals MVP trophy.
“I had to regroup after losing last year to Dallas. I had to get back to playing the way i did when I was in Cleveland before I came to Miami and played with anger. When I play with anger the game isn’t fun for me so I had to get back to playing the way I did when I was having fun.” Lebron said after the game. The 2012 playoff run was one of the best individual playoff performances in the NBA history. James recorded 2 triple doubles alone during the NBA finals along with his other jaw dropping stats.
You have to wonder now that Lebron finally has that elusive championship and has figured out how to win one, how much more can he possibly has by the time his career is over. Yes he is 9 years into his career but he is only 27. With Dwayne Wade 30 years old he has officially passed the torch to Lebron as the leader of the Miami Heat. Wade has done the torch passing gracefully and without hesitation because it’s the right thing for the Miami Heat team.
This Miami Heat team played their best basketball with their backs against the wall in the playoffs. They trailed the Boston Celtics 3-2 before dominating game 6 and finishing them off in game 7. A Round earlier against the Pacers the Heat were staring down a 3-1 deficit before winning the last 3 games to advance. They fell behind the Thunder 1-0 and almost gave game 2 away before winning the last 4 games to be champions.
There was a different energy this season about the Heat this year. Last season they played with a chip on their shoulder and a sense of entitlement. This season they went about things in a very workmanlike way and just played the game with purpose.
Miami now has the experience, and all the tools to dominate the league for years to come. The way the Heat were constructed has them firmly in the drivers seat for a good 5 year period.
Congratulations Lebron and Chris Bosh on your first ring, and to Dwayne Wade on your second ring.
They say defending your title is a lot harder then winning your first one. Let’s see if the Miami Heat have a dynasty on their hands.