Tracing LeBron James' Legacy from 'The Decision' to Present

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Tracing LeBron James' Legacy from 'The Decision' to Present
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What a journey it has been for LeBron James. In the span of three years, James has gone from media darling to public enemy No. 1 to an NBA champion, all while playing the best basketball of his career.

Since James made his decision to leave the humble abode of Cleveland for the flash of Miami, we have been subjected to countless stories on the three-time MVP. Whether you're for or against him, it seems that there is no middle ground when it comes to an individual's feelings with regard to LeBron.

You either love him for how incredibly gifted he is, or you hate him for taking the easy way out and being cocky, since there aren't any NBA players that are as cocky as LeBron, right Paul? Either way, we can't run away from the fact that LeBron James has become a force to be reckoned with and has improved vastly since leaving the Cavaliers.

Joining the Heat and losing the 2011 NBA Finals was the best thing to ever happen to James. It not only added some extra motivation and a sense of urgency, but it also made him completely change his game for the better. He took numerous approaches to improving, especially playing near the basket and playing out of his comfort zone so he could become a better all-around player.

With LeBron's world tour putting the finishing touches on the greatest year of his career, we take a look at the progression James has made since his famous announcement.

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