When LeBron James left the comforts of Cleveland to move to Miami and join Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade to form a star studded triumvirate, many questioned him.
There were those, who called him a coward for not staying with Cleveland and winning the NBA title with them. He was after all, Cleveland's all-time leading point scorer and was already a living legend. But as he walked onto American Airlines Arena on Thursday, he silenced all his critics.
For the second successive year, LeBron had entered into the NBA finals and walked out with MVP and the NBA title in hand. After achieving a triple double in Game six to take the series into the final game, he came into this match against the San Antonio Spurs, averaging 33.8 points in Game seven, already the best in NBA history.
By the end of it, he went one better by scoring 37 points and grabbing 12 rebounds and a team high four assists and added yet another a feather to his already glittering cap.
After helping Miami finish the regular season with their best record ever and put together a 27-game winning streak, LeBron came into these Playoffs with just one thing in mind, get his second ring.
And right from the start of these NBA Finals, LeBron seemed like a man, who was determined to right the wrongs. After all, it was only in 2007 that he was swept aside by this same trio of Spurs stars - Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, in his first ever Finals appearance with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Even in his first year at Miami, LeBron was nothing more than a passive onlooker as the Heat lost the 2011 Finals to the Dallas Mavericks. But this time around, he ensured that there was no repeat of the finals blues. With an average of 25 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists in the NBA Finals, he almost single handedly ensured that the Heat became the first team after the Lakers in 2010 to win back-to-back NBA titles.
LeBron Arrived in Miami, full of pompousness and a sense of entitlement and well on his way to becoming one of NBA's greatest villains. Back then, although he did have the skills, many questioned his temperament, his resolve.
But now, there's no doubting his championship mettle now. Not after the past 12 months, that he has just had. 12 months, two NBA titles and an Olympic Gold medal later, LeBron James has gone from public enemy number one to one of the most respected basketball players around.
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