When LeBron James won his first ring, NBA fans had the simple question: What's next? That's a good question indeed. However, as James won his first pieces of hardware and jewelry, the load off of his shoulders depleted. For now, the King can rest peacefully.
What does a ring mean to James' legacy? Well, he needed to secure his first just to get the critics and doubters off of his back.
There was much speculation of him not being able to close out games and carry the team when he was needed most. This may die down a little, but perhaps not completely.
The pressure can slim down until next year's playoffs that is. The first ring has been captured. He has promised more than that as fans know, but the hardest one to capture has been achieved.
Now, what's next? What does this mean for LeBron's game? Can he play even more aggressively than in the past? That's a tough call, but the best player in the NBA will be able to play without the doubters in the back of his head.
Here's a look at how James' first ring will affect his game.