Going into the 2012 NBA Finals, there was no question that the pressure was on LeBron James and company to bring the Miami Heat a championship.
With the amount of talent they had and a full year to really build on that talent and to develop team chemistry, the only thing standing in the way of LeBron's first ring was a bunch of kids. Sure, these kids were well disciplined, incredibly talented and one of the best teams in the NBA, but when it came down to it, they didn't have the playoff experience that LeBron and the Heat did.
It really was a moment of clarity, but more importantly, finality for James as after a nine-year career filled with both triumphant wins and devastating defeats, he could finally breathe a sigh of relief at taking home the first of what he hopes is several rings.
James was no doubt the best active athlete in the NBA to never win a championship. Now that he has one, however, it is time to look at the best of the rest who haven't quite reached championship glory.