Predicting How LeBron James' First Ring Will Impact His Game
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.
The past is the past. Nothing can be done about what happened in Cleveland or in the first season in Miami. Now, James is a champion.
He's a member of the Miami Heat now, and he's here to stay. Right now he's at the top and his confidence level is through the charts.
There's absolutely no reason for James to think he's not the best player on the planet right now. No, not Kevin Durant. No, not Kobe Bryant. It's No. 6 of the Miami Heat.
What makes James the best? Well, he's just as good of an all-around player as he is just a mere scorer. He simply can't be guarded once he drives in with his strength.
Remember game 6 against Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals? Well, that confidence can be seen much more now. James will not rest with just one ring. He wants to make the history books.
Instead of people getting to his head, James is using all the talk as motivation for further success. Watch out for the future.
More Options Equals More of a Distributor
Have you seen the Miami Heat roster lately? It's a bit scary from top to bottom. The one true problem is size and length a bit. Besides an intimidating center, this team is stacked.
That means that James will not feel too much pressure. He has more veteran options from the perimeter. He knows that he can take over a ball game, but he also knows that this team is capable of success if he's not the superstar he is on any given night.
Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are already a lot of help. There is still Shane Battier, newly acquired Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, newly acquired Rashard Lewis, Mike Miller(for now), Udonis Haslem, Joel Anthony, Terrel Harris and a few questionable players.
Juwan Howard, Eddy Curry, James Jones, Ronny Turiaf, Dexter Pittman and Justin Hamilton are up in the air with their futures.
Not too bad. James will continue to find the role players with open looks. The transition game should still be as strong as ever.
James is at his best when he attacks the rim. Not one man can guard him one-on-one. James was aggressive throughout the 2012 playoffs which is a large part of his success.
Now, with a ring, James should look to continue his game through playing aggressive and driving to the basket for easy baskets. He'll usually get a lot of calls when he is aggressive.
If James wants more opportunities for a ring, he will have to continue to score when needed, distribute well and help on the boards. Even with playing the power forward position, James continued to play his style of basketball. At the end of the day, that will work.
Keep Doing What You're Doing
In some areas, James may not even need to tweak his game after winning the first ring. If he keeps doing what he's doing, then success will come.
That's not only on the basketball court, either. James avoided social media in that of Twitter for nearly two months. Perhaps the pressure was getting to him in that sense. For James, life is basketball.
Keep reading those books if you have to even. As a pregame ritual, James would enjoy a good book to get his head out of preparation in terms of basketball. If it's relaxing and helps, by all means King James.
If anything, the first ring will only increase James' work ethic and make him think that the things he was doing worked.
Wanting to Be the Best
Nothing matters besides winning a championship at the end of the day. James knows this. He can play amazing basketball, but if he doesn't win a title at the end of the year, it really doesn't matter.
James wants to go down as an all-time great. He has a long way to go for that. Right now he's an amazing player, but people remember the championships and rings.
The Heat realize this. Perhaps last season, Miami got a bit too confident and looked beyond the present picture.
This year that was different. James and company were on a mission. Winning will only benefit his already stellar career.
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