LeBron James: Why His First Title Should Scare Rest of NBA

Michael BurkeContributor IIIJune 23, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 21:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat answers questions from the media next to the Larry O'Brien Finals Championship trophy and James' Bill Russell Finals MVP trophy during his post game press conference after they won 121-106 against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Five of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 21, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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As a basketball fan and as a LeBron James fan, seeing the man himself and the rest of the Miami Heat capture the NBA title on Thursday night was nothing short of beautiful.

The King finally earned his nickname, as he put the finishing touches on one of the greatest postseasons by any single player we have ever witnessed. He won his championship, won his Finals MVP and can now be mentioned with the all-time greats. For a guy who had gone through and overcome so much, it truly was spectacular to see.

However, as a Knicks fan, it was a bit depressing to see. And not just Knick fans should be upset. If you are a fan of any team not named the Miami Heat, it is time to worry.

Why? The hardest part for LeBron James is out of the way. He won his first title, and will likely win many more. Not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven. Bill Russell-type rings could very well be on the way for The King.

The only thing stopping LeBron in the past was himself. His own demons and his past failures affected him drastically. But that’s all over now. LeBron will be playing pressure-free basketball form here on out and will only be improving as a basketball player, which is scary in itself to think about.

Who can stop him and the Miami Heat now? The answer to that question is, most likely, nobody.

The Knicks? New York will surely win the Atlantic Division next year, and maybe a couple of playoff series, but beating the Miami Heat? Not a chance.

The Bulls? That’s cute. Chicago is built for the regular season and could very well continue to have better regular seasons than Miami. But in the postseason, the Bulls just do not match up with the Heat.

Even if the Nets were to acquire Dwight Howard and team him up with Deron Williams, they don’t have any shot in the world to beat Miami.

Can any teams from the Western Conference dethrone the Heat? Everyone is so quick to say the Thunder will win their championships, but it isn’t that easy to just win NBA titles. Remember, that’s what was said about Malone and Stockton.

It’s not that Kevin Durant wasn’t ready for the moment; he was. He just isn’t as good as LeBron, and he never will be. And, frankly, it isn’t even close. Sure, Durant has improved his passing and defensive skills and isn’t as much of a one-dimensional player anymore, but that doesn’t mean he matches up with LeBron.

LeBron is the best passer in the league and arguably the best defender of all time. He can guard the best point guard in the league, and he can guard any center in the league. He’s on a different planet than not just Durant, but every other player in this league.

Does this mean the Heat are going to win every year until LeBron retires? No, not necessarily. But it does mean that, for at least the most part, Miami will be dominating the NBA for years to come.

LeBron is not just any superstar; he is one that could go down as the greatest of all time. It is time to stop hating him for leaving Cleveland, and it is time to appreciate the true greatness that we can all be witnesses to because these types of players do not come along very often.

As a Knicks fan, I hope I am wrong. I challenge Carmelo, Tyson and Amar’e to prove me wrong, and I hope they do. I just do not see it happening.


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