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No suspense here. LeBron was in a league of his own in London.
Let’s get this one out of the way quickly. On the team with the best players and, by far, the most depth, LeBron James was easily the most indispensable player.
Here he is attacking the hoop. There he goes with a ho-hum triple double. And dear lord, the defense. For much of the gold-medal game, James guarded Pau Gasol, half of Spain’s seven-foot brotherly attack, minimizing the advantage the Spaniards should have held over the severely undersized U.S.
When LeBron took his talents to South Beach (sorry), many speculated that he wasn’t built to be the leader of a team, preferring instead to be the Pippen to Dwyane Wade’s M.J.
After LeBron took over the NBA finals, as well as Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics in Boston, it seemed like he made the leap; after this virtuoso display we’re left wondering if he’ll ever come down.