Lebron James is dead inside. That's a scary notion for the rest of the NBA.
LeBron James will win an NBA championship in 2012, along with the 2012 NBA Finals MVP award.
LeBron's career has reached extraordinary lows only experienced by one other NBA player, Dirk Nowitzki . LeBron is our newest emotionally damaged superstar. The same way Dirk was treated after the 2006 and 2007 playoffs, LeBron has been "beaten down" so viciously by the media and fans that he no longer cares. Now, he can just play.
Can the media scrutiny get any worse for the guy? Absolutely not.
We have seen several athletes reach this point in their sports career. The damaged athlete who no longer cares. LeBron James is now part of that fraternity.
Last year, Dirk simply did not care anymore. It was that philosophical adjustment that allowed him to finally become the man who delivered vicious death blows during the 2011 NBA Playoffs.
LeBron will need to make those same philosophical adjustments to take the step the world is waiting for him to make.
LeBron will surely make that step because he has finally hit the point where he is so emotionally damaged from all the abuse that he no longer cares.
When the 2011-2012 NBA season finally starts, you will see something new from LeBron. You see a glazed look over his eyes. The same "I'm dead inside and I don't care anymore" look you saw from Kobe in the seasons that followed his rape case. The same glazed-over look you saw from Dirk in last year's playoffs.
When you've been beaten down so many times, you become immune to everything. You don't care anymore. It makes you the most dangerous athlete in the world.
In 2012, you will see that version of LeBron James. Because of that, the Miami Heat will win the 2012 NBA Championship and LeBron James will win the 2012 NBA Finals MVP