LBJ becomes championship-less no more.
LeBron posted the eighth triple-double in his postseason career, with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists in the title-clinching Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
This was yet another all-around excellent game for James, but it's the end result rather than the performance itself that is the most telling about how LBJ will play this season.
While Game 6 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics ended all talk of LeBron not being a big-game player, this triple-double and victory ended all talk of LeBron not being a winner. This result meant LeBron no longer had to worry about being placed next to Charles Barkley on the list of the best NBA players to never win a title. This result ended the negative scrutiny from fans and media alike that LeBron had received since "The Decision."
Because of all that, I expect LeBron to play freer in 2012-13.
LeBron lifted the basketball world's biggest weight off his shoulders; just watch him celebrate to Kanye West's "Power" as Game 5 ended, and that much is clear.
LeBron doesn't have to worry about tuning out his critics during a game like he's had to in the past because who's still a critic of him?
This will be LeBron's best season of his career, and it's because this win led to the distracting circus surrounding him leaving town.
All LeBron has to worry about is playing his game now. And the NBA sure is "his game" these days.