NBA Playoffs 2012: 10 Reasons Why LeBron James Is Still the Postseason MVP

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NBA Playoffs 2012: 10 Reasons Why LeBron James Is Still the Postseason MVP
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LeBron James of the Miami Heat remains the postseason's MVP; "The Akron Hammer" is driving nails through the competition's coffin. 

A tightly contested Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics series anchors the 2012 Eastern Conference finals. Three things are certain in life: death, taxes and postseason criticism of LeBron James. His reputation is handcuffed to "The Decision," while the court of public opinion grants his teammates immunity. 

"LeBron": A divisive, two-syllable name that knocks on the door of emotion. Depending on the owner, it's greeted with open arms or bounced quicker than Jazz on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

He's a three-time regular-season MVP and, figuratively, should also be considered this postseason's MVP. 

Odds are, you're reading this because you love or hate him.

Basketball fans—whether a fair-weather Miami beachgoer, disgruntled Clevelander or an impartial follower from a desolate town in Montana—routinely check the Heat score and James' stat line.

Why?

Because it defines the fans nearly as much as it does LeBron.

It's the athletic rendition of the Great Debate. An acutely sharpened line dividing opposing encampments that constantly spar in verbal warfare. Rings are weapons of mass destruction and statistics are ammo drops. 

LeBron is a freight train plowing towards the light at the end of the tunnel. In his mind, the distant glimmer is an NBA championship. However, if the trophy is a mirage, the light will belong to an opposing train of thought set on a collision course.

Whether he shatters the mold in victory or buckles from the weight of his shoulders' burden(s), each unfolding chapter of his story matters.

Basketball's polarizing poster-boy took his talents to South Beach, but left unwanted baggage up north.

LeBron James may or may not be your cup of tea. But 10 reasons assure that he sweetens it with a Southern twist.  

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