He's been waiting for 10 months for his shot at redemption, and it doesn't appear he is going to shrink from the limelight. LeBron James is on a mission to win his first ring. He was stung by his poor performance in last year's loss in the Finals to Dallas. He told Sports Illustrated he was so despondent after the Dallas series he didn't leave his home for two weeks.
When he did leave, he worked on his game...tirelessly. He received a three-day tutorial on how to play inside from Hakeem Olajuwon, and then worked out under the guidance of his old high school coach.
This season, there seemed to be different LeBron. Gone was the Bron Bron who dribbled out the shot clock and then jacked a 3-pointer. In his place was a scoring machine who went to the hoop at will.
LeBron seems primed for a big postseason. But he's just one of six who appear ready to shine this spring. Here they are: