We gather here at the eve which marks the closure of the regular season crusade.
In the intervening time, we ought all bow in the presence of greatness, for we were bystanders and onlookers to a magnitude of enormity.
Sir King James: You thy most dominant force of thy season by whichever measure—individual statistics, team success and thy way in which those two intertwined.
Thy which imposed more will than any other player in all facets of the game — half court offense, half court defense and transition.
For there will be no theft, no wrong doing Sir James, as I now bequeath you, the 2008-2009 Most Valuable Player award.
Medieval syntax aside, it would be a downright fraud if LeBron didn’t bring the hardware back home to Cleveland.
Still, it’s an argument that never ends. An argument based on hypothetical’s.
NBA analysts incessantly mull over the meaning of the award by offering whatever spin they can on the meaning of the word "valuable”.
How do we know how good Cleveland would be without LeBron as compared to, say, how good the Hornets would be without Chris Paul, the Magic would be without Dwight Howard, or the Bulls would be without Derrick Rose?
This year, however, King James saved the voting panel of sportswriters and broadcasters across the nation a surplus of brain cells.
The best player on the best team with a league best (66-16) record—case in point—that would directly correlate to the best individual player award, case closed.
But what we saw from James was an ability to dominate. And with that supremacy, what directly followed was team success.
The true mark of a most valuable player.
Of the five most likely candidates after James, in order, Dwayne Wade, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, and Dwight Howard, no team shared more success than the Cavaliers when their superstar went off.
Consider the team records:
Player Team 40-PTS Triple-Double
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers 8-1 7-0
Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 9-4 0-0
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers 2-2 1-1
Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets 0-2 6-0
Dwight Howard Orlando Magic 1-0 1-0
In addition, King James became the first top-three scorer in NBA history to crack the top 25 in rebounds, assists, steals and blocks:
28.4 ppg (second), 7.2 apg (ninth), 7.6 rpg (25th), 1.69 steals (seventh), 1.15 blocks (23rd).
Since Feb. 1, he's averaging an outlandish 29-8-8 and was in the neighborhood of the exclusive 50-40-80 Club in percentages (49 percent FG, 34 percent 3FG, 78 percent FT)
Not to mention—for what its worth—the way King James has stamped his personality on everyone around him. From his preposterous 60 minutes display to his epic pregame baby powder toss, James also coordinates team pregame intros, including the team snapshot and the campfire, while trading countless chest bumps on the way to huddles and laughing like recess on the sidelines.
Yes, for the first time—rest assured it won’t be the last—Sir James is King.