2011 NBA Finals: Heat Haters Get Ready, There Will Be a Parade in South Beach

Bill CodyCorrespondent IIIJune 2, 2011

Finally living up to his potential.
Finally living up to his potential.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

I know it is only one game and it was played at on Miami's home court, but I think this is the Heat's championship to lose. 

I will be the first to admit I didn't think LeBron had it in him, but he has proven myself and all the other doubters wrong. 

It isn't that I was wrong about the Heat's problems.

They do have gaping holes inside and at the point and D-Wade looks closer to 40 than 30 these days. They will still win the title this year because LeBron has grown into manhood and he has learned what it takes to win.

Something basketball fans have waited to see for four years now.

The big guy has had help, too.

The underrated Udonis Haslem returned from injury at a most fortuitous time for the team from South Beach. Chris Bosh has also picked up the scoring slack when LeBron and Wade have struggled with their shots and Mike Miller remembered how to shoot a basketball late in the season.

Plus D-Wade, even at 70 or 80 percent is still a top player. 

Make no doubt, however. LeBron is the straw that stirs the drink.

He's stepping up big time in way he never has before in his career, and he has finally become the unstoppable force of nature people have predicted he would be as a basketball player.

Which is why the Miami Heat will win this year's title.

No matter how much it bugs the fans who want to see the Heat fail or how much they want to see Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd get rings. 

That doesn't mean they automatically get those six or seven rings James was talking about last summer. I mean, we don't even know if the NBA will be in business next season.

Still, you can't get number six unless you get number one. 

Look for LeBron and the Heat to get over that hurdle in three or four more games.