Obviously, he doesn't play for the Miami Heat anymore but the message still rings true. I have a friend who will remain nameless, Chaston Montgomery, who always finds a way to hate on LeBron James. Sometimes I feel he says things just to agitate people. I can admit, he gets under my skin at time. But after this NBA Finals in which LeBron stayed true to his promise, no one can really ever give him guff ever again. He brought his team down from 3-1. He put the team on his back and did something that was reminiscent of the Boston Red Sox coming back from a 3-0 deficit against the New York Yankees. It felt all but over when Cleveland went down 3-1. When they won game 5, there was still the linger of they can't win in Golden State. That game LeBron and Kyrie Irving put the team on their backs and dropped 41 points each. Game 6. I was scared that Golden State would again pop champagne in the locker room of the Cavaliers. King James said no! Strapped the team on his back for ANOTHER 41-point performance, including 18 straight points for Cleveland. How great is that?!?! Game 7. Can The King close? A huge block on Iguadala, a triple-double, and huge shot from Kyrie Irving sealed the deal. The Cleveland Cavaliers had won their 1st NBA Championship.
It started with a promise from LeBron just two short years ago. And he stayed true to his promise. The emotions, ugly cry, on his face were powerful and yet, heart-warming. LeBron James made true to his promise! I'm proud of him! He is the best basketball player of this era hands down! Many can say Kobe was and that would be fair. But for me, Kobe wouldn't have been able to bring this team back from these odds. LeBron did what he has done on every team he has been on: made everyone around him better and made them believe in a new possible. Richard Jefferson expressed this sentiment best: "I owe my entire basketball career to him. I’ll give you a little walk down right now. I lost the national championship game to Duke, then I lost two straight NBA Finals, then my third year we lost to Detroit after being up 3-2 and they won the championship, then I lost to Miami and they won the championship, then to top it off I went to the Olympics and we were the worst team of all time. My whole career has been so, so close. Then I had a stretch of six to seven years where you become a little bit of a journeyman. To be able to get on a team and walk in with a guy that says he’s going to be able to carry you and bring me here, I owe everything, every shot, every play, everything I’ve ever done to that man."
Well done LeBron. Mama, there goes that man!