After melting down in the NBA Finals, LeBron James needed a clean slate. Playing into his villain role, getting outside of his game and letting the mental aspects of his game hold him back from performing at his best, had him out of sorts, to say the least.
Last season, he kicked off the new year with a marquee event in which sponsors had to shell out between $10K and $500,000 to attend, according to CNN.com.
This season, he's scaled it back. The New York Post says that King James will be joined by 50 guests to celebrate his December 30th birthday bash.
This low-key event gives LBJ a chance to celebrate his birthday with a decent amount of people, but isn't going to be so outlandish that it distracts him from his ultimate goal, which is to win "multiple, multiple championships."
In the lockout-shortened season, James and the Heat can't afford to stumble out of the blocks as they did a season ago. With a year of experience with each other, we should see their regular season win total increase substantially.
More importantly, James looks far more comfortable this season than he did immediately following an offseason in which he burned the Cleveland Cavaliers and fled to greener pastures.
The Heat are 3-0. As long as their superstars keep this season basketball first, they are going to coast to the Finals once again. This small-scale birthday is the right move by James, who seems to be finding himself once again.