Just in case you haven't heard, LeBron James is one win away from obtaining his first NBA championship. However, there is more than one reason for LeBron's success, not only in the playoffs, but throughout the entire season.
That being said, of course some reasons are going to be bigger than others. James came into this season a changed player—mentally and skillfully—from the guy we saw wearing number 6 last season for the Heat. As a result there is no team, player, or any other obstacle that will stand in his way of winning the 2012 NBA title.
And here's why.
No doubt about it, LeBron is one of the best individual talents the league has ever seen. But the age-old truth that has been proven time and time again is that a good team will beat a great player every time.
Luckily for James, he's got more help than he has ever had before on this 2012 Miami Heat team.
Not only is he playing with two other all-stars, but the roster was constructed carefully and strategically so that the big three wouldn't be playing three against five, especially come playoff time.
Miami has had different role players come through when they needed them most this post season, and that's what championship teams are made of.
The Heat would not be in the position they are today without the likes of Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem and even Mike "Grimace" Miller himself. To name a few.
When I say he's back I'm referring to the beloved LeBron James we watched shine bright in Cleveland, not the guy whose sole purpose last year was to shut his critics up.
It goes without saying that James is nowhere as adored and admired today as he was before The Decision, and he will probably never be. But James is back to playing the game of basketball—not to try to prove people wrong, but instead to have fun, win games, make his team better, and show the world just how good he really is.
Clearly, there's a difference between these two players.
James got away from who he really was last year during his first year with the Heatles, but can you blame him? The 2010-2011 Heat are arguably the most hated team in NBA history throughout the league and at the forefront of things was LeBron himself.
Not because he did something maliciously horrible on or off the court, but because he chose to team up with some of his friends in Miami—but that's besides the point.
No matter how the media chooses to perceive him today, villain or superhero, one thing is for certain: LeBron James is playing out of his mind, he's put together one of the most impressive post seasons we've ever seen, and he's probably too involved with his latest book to pay attention to mean things you tweet about him on Twitter.
LeBron has never been this close before. Yes, he's been in the finals before—this is his third time actually. But let's do a quick little recap.
First time, swept.
Second time, led the series 2-1, but let it get away as the pressure mounted.
I don't want to speak too soon, but I'll go ahead and do so considering nobody has ever come back from the position the Thunder are in to win an NBA championship, and say that it looks like the third time is the charm for Mr. James.
I just don't see him letting such a prime opportunity slip out of his hands. He's too focused, like he has been throughout the entire playoffs, and he's ready to hoist that trophy with his teammates and loved ones in front of a packed out home arena for the first time in his career.
This one doesn't have to do with LeBron as much as it has to do with his opponent, the young and inexperienced Oklahoma City Thunder.
As good as this Thunder team has looked at different points in the post season, it seems as though this is finally LeBron's year.
Let us not forget that OKC's superstars are not even close to their prime and if they can continue to get better and keep their core guys together, they will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. But it's not looking good for them this year.
Against the Heat this series, we have seen them make multiple boneheaded mistakes down the stretch, from stupid fouls to simple miscommunication on an inbounds play. That kind of stuff is what kills championship hopes faster than anything.
As good a guy Kevin Durant is off the court, he just hasn't been good enough on it in this series and a lot of that has to do with going head-to-head with a bigger, more experienced and seemingly more focused LeBron James with something to prove.
I believe the Thunder will get there—they will get theirs—but surprisingly to many NBA fans, they still have a ways to go.
No really, if you've been watching LeBron throughout these playoffs, than you know exactly why I am asking this question. He's doing whatever it takes to propel his team to a win. Last game he literally collapsed due to overexertion. What more can you ask from him?
It pains me to see a guy like James hated so much by fans all over the world. Not because I am a huge LeBron fan, but I don't think we realize how great of a talent we are witnessing first hand on a daily basis.
In his last five games before his near triple-double in Game 4, James was averaging 33 points and 11 rebounds, yet stats don't come close to doing him justice.
He's playing every position, he's sacrificing his body, all the while keeping his teammates involved in the game.
Don't mistake me for a writer who's here to talk about how good LeBron is, because I am simply stating facts.
Throughout the entire playoffs he has looked like a man among boys. Believe what you will, but I think it's about time that King James take his rightful place on the throne.