LeBron James changed the narrative on his career last night, finally bringing an NBA Championship to his native Cleveland and proving that he could do it without Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat super team by his side.
The Cavaliers star was named the unanimous Finals MVP for his incredible play to turn around a 3-1 deficit, leading both teams in pretty much every single recorded statistic as the Cavs won their first ever NBA title.
With that, much like Peyton Manning winning his second Super Bowl, LeBron has finally shut a lot of people up about his place among the greats. Even his biggest critics will have a hard time finding ways to talk down to him now.
Speaking after the game last night, via Rachel Nichols of ESPN, had some words for his critics and those who doubted him - "I guess I proved them wrong."
"As much as I try to keep myself away from it - I don't watch sports talk ... I don't listen to the TV, I don't go on social media - it's still able to creep in a little bit," James told the ESPN reporter.
Perhaps referencing the fact that people have been calling him out for having to miss games and other saying that he has lost the explosiveness and physicality that he once did, James thinks he has proved them all wrong in 2016.
"At 31, I still have a lot in the tank," he said. "I give everything to the game. There was a few writers last year, I had my back problems ... there was a few writers this year, that ... 'he's lost a step, the high-flying LeBron James is gone, (that) he's passed us by.'
"I guess I used it as a little motivation. And I guess I proved them wrong."
LeBron also took to Instagram last night to have one last shot at the people who doubted him. Referencing comments that he isn't explosive anymore, that he couldn't work with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, and that there's no way he could ever get a Championship to Cleveland, LeBron told them to put some "respeck" on his name.
Can anyone really doubt the greatness of King James now? No, nobody is putting him on the level of Michael Jordan - even the man himself would probably admit he isn't on MJ's stratosphere - but when talking about that second tier below the greatest...LeBron James deserves to be mentioned.