Mission Accomplished. LeBron James returned to Cleveland and finally led the Cavaliers to an NBA Championship. Game 7 was one of the best games played. It was close game all the way to the end and the Cavs made baskets late to win it.
No matter what you think of LeBron James, he is a great player and he is already a top 5 player of all-time. This post is not about Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan. LeBron James is already a historically great basketball player and we were all witnesses to his greatness.
There will always be haters or just people who don’t understand his greatness. LeBron had the weight of Ohio on his shoulders since he was drafted by the Cavaliers. He dragged a team to the Finals in 2007 but they got swept. He put up monster numbers during the Eastern Conference Finals in 2009; 38, 8 and 8 but it wasn’t enough.
He finally left Cleveland and had his jersey burned. His former owner wrote a letter to the Cleveland fans promising a title before LeBron wins one. LeBron was a villain and he failed in the 2011 Finals against the Mavericks and it was the best thing to happen to him. He failed on the biggest stage and that made him refocus.
His time in Miami was well spent, four trips to the Finals and two championships. His job was done in South Beach and it was time for LeBron to return home. He learned how to win and he had to teach a team that was used to losing how to become professionals.
Everything was not smooth in his return. There were questions about his coach, questions about Kevin Love’s fit, questions about Kyrie Irving’s shot selection. But still through all the chaos LeBron led them to the NBA Finals. Without his two wingmen LeBron somehow pushed the series to six games. He averaged 35 ppg, 13 rpg and 8.8 apg. He literally had to do everything for that team but it wasn’t enough as the Warriors won the title.
Fast forward to this season which was great. The Warriors win 73 games and Steph Curry becomes the first player to win a unanimous MVP. Cleveland’s road to the finals was much easier than the Warriors who fell behind to the Thunder 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals. Somehow the Warriors found a way to come back and punch their ticket to the Finals.
Cleveland got punched in the face early on in the series. LeBron and Cleveland fought back in game 3 but took a gut punch in game 4. The series looked like it was over for the Cavaliers. All the questions started to creep in again. Will the Cavs trade Love, will the Cavs trade Irving, will LeBron leave and should Ty Lue be the coach?
The Warriors were without Draymond Green in game five but the Warriors were still a dangerous team and it would not have surprised anyone if they beat the Cavs without Draymond. Game 5 was duet from Kyrie and LeBron as they dropped 41 points apiece. Although the points were the same if you watched closely Kyrie had the more impressive game.
Draymond returned for game 6 and people expected the Warriors to close out the Cavs. LeBron put on another masterful performance. Another 41 point game but it was even more impressive than game 5. He was controlling all aspects of the game while playing elite defense. Yes he scored 41 but he had 11 assists, four steals and three blocks while shooting 59% from the field.
LeBron and the Cavs fought back to force a game 7 but still there were doubters. People could not understand how the Warriors were losing games to this Cleveland team. The answer was simple Cleveland had LeBron James.
LeBron did not do it alone. His supporting cast was incredible. Tristan Thompson’s energy, Kyrie’s shot making, Richard Jefferson’s surprising play. It was a team effort but if the team would have loss than all eyes would have been on LeBron.
With the world watching LeBron did it again; 47 minutes, 27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, three blocks and two steals on the road in a game 7. Yes Kyrie Irving hit the go ahead bucket but LeBron had a huge block on an Andre Iguodala layup attempt with the game tied.
Cleveland won three in a row against a team that never lost three games in a row under Steve Kerr. They won three in a row against a 73 win team. They held the highest scoring team in NBA history scoreless for the last four minutes of the game. Cleveland became the first team in NBA history to win a championship after going down 3-1. LeBron James becomes the first person to lead to lead any series in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals.
So after 52 years of misery LeBron James has led the Cavaliers to their first NBA championship in franchise history. No he’s not perfect in the NBA Finals but LeBron has done things that have never been done before. This one championship for Cleveland is bigger than the titles he won in Miami.
Instead of being upset that he won or trying to bring up Kobe or Jordan in every argument, just watch and appreciate LeBron James. He’s a special talent, a once in a generation talent and he’s truly one of the greatest players EVER!!!