There has probably never been an athlete in sports history who has been more scrutinized throughout his career than LeBron James has.
The story of LeBron James started with an 18-year-old basketball superstar from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. It grew as he became the No. 1 pick in the 2003 NBA draft. From there he became a Rookie of the Year and a two-time MVP.
His story continued to grow as he left the Cleveland Cavaliers and the fans that loved him so much, because he wanted to "take his talents to South Beach" in pursuit of winning multiple championships.
Seconds after his "decision" was made, LeBron became one of sports' most hated athletes. He was public enemy number one in nearly every city, except Miami, where he was treated with rock-star status.
LeBron ultimately failed in his first season in Miami, leading to even more backlash from the public. People across the globe rejoiced to see the Miami Heat and their Big Three of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and James fail.
But everyone knew that LeBron's title quest had only been delayed. As much as many fans wanted to see him fail, they knew that LeBron would not let failure be an option this time.
This season, LeBron was on a mission. No one was going to get in his way of winning a championship. His entire season was one of the most dominant in the history of sports, and he did not change anything in the postseason.
Everything culminated for LeBron James and the Miami Heat last night. The championship they all so desperately desired finally became their own as they hammered the Thunder in Game 5.
The victory silenced LeBron's critics. He was the league MVP, the Finals MVP and most importantly, he was finally an NBA Champion.
The story of LeBron James certainly has many more chapters to go, but for now here is a look back at how LeBron went from an 18-year-old high school superstar to an NBA Finals Champion and MVP.