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Lebron soars above Spain's D in the gold-medal clinching win.
I was conflicted with my decision of LeBron. I easily could have picked the leader from the U.S. women's basketball or soccer teams. The women's basketball team hasn't lost an Olympic game since 1992! Now that's dominance.
However, LeBron's the only one trying to regain his level of "positive" popularity. "The Decision" has been scrutinized for two years now. He silenced his critics in June by finally breaking through to win his first NBA championship.
He continued his good fortunes with his second consecutive gold medal. The U.S. was tested in the final again by Spain, the team that gave them a run for their money back in 2008 as well.
LeBron, slowly but surely, is starting to leave his villain mantra behind. Whether you're a Knicks fan, Lakers fan or Spurs fan, if you're an American you were rooting for LeBron because he was on our team. He certainly seems to embrace representing his country, and I for one give him a lot of respect for taking that responsibility so seriously.
Leading the team in assists and finishing third in scoring, LeBron may have a few more NBA titles under his belt by the time 2016 rolls around. There's no reason to doubt he'll be ready to try to three-peat for gold in Rio. USA basketball is back with a vengeance, and the 2016 Rio Games should prove that once again.