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Heat Win NBA Title: Now LeBron James Can Be Accepted as Basketball's King

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 21:  (L-R) LeBron James #6 and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat celebrate late in the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Five of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 21, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Brad WashingtonCorrespondent IIJune 22, 2012

Ringless king

LeBrick

LeShame

75 cents.

Tonight, it all ends. No more disappearing jokes, no more unnecessary hate. LeBron James has the crown as basketball's king.

Not that his talent didn’t have it, we were all just waiting on his mind to show up when it mattered most.

LeBron did everything we’ve been asking him to do realistically since Game 4 against the Indiana Pacers.

Take over? Check. Play consistently? Check. And finally play clutch? Yes sir.

The NBA Finals has been masterful for LeBron, operating out of the post and splitting the Oklahoma City’s zone in half with his scoring and passing.

This playoff year (leading up to Game 5) he’s averaging 30.5 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists.

I knew it was LeBron’s year after the 45-point, 15-rebound performance in Game 6 against the Boston Celtics.

Did I mention the Heat were down 3-2 and LeBron shot 19-of-26?

I believe we have no choice but to give him the crown. It’s been a long nine years, and the past two years been even longer.

The ridicule of last years seemed to do something to him, and this playoff year we even saw him meditating before fourth quarters.

So again, he closed games out, played his role, stepped up when he needed to and answered the bell against the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics.

He’s done it, and there’s nothing we can say.

Wait, there's one thing we can say.

LeBron Raymone James is finally an NBA champion.

 Cleveland Ohio, please try to sleep well tonight.

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