LeBron James and the Cavaliers Quest for Basketball Supremacy

John Louie RamosSenior Writer IApril 15, 2009

SAN ANTONIO - FEBRUARY 27:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during play against the San Antonio Spurs on February 27, 2009 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.  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)

LeBron James was the turning point of a struggling franchise, the last great hope of a city impatient in winning it's first Larry O'Brien trophy.

He promised to put the Cleveland Cavaliers at the higher echelon of basketball, and to his promise, he did not disappoint.

Over the course of six years he gave the Forest city a trip to the NBA finals, a conference title, a division title, and splendid performances that's sure to be remembered for years to come.

It's evident that his arrival changed the whole culture of the team.

This year, "King James" led the Cavaliers to an unprecedented 66 win season (could easily reach 67).

He is a statistical monster, averaging 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.2 assists, almost two steals, and a block per outing.

Oscar Robertson-like numbers, perhaps. Numbers fit for a king.

Still, his biggest contribution is not those statistical numbers, rather his biggest contribution is his desire to perform ciento por ciento.

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He is determined to be the best. His enthusiasm and his winning attitude are contagious.

He doesn't only make his teammates better. He make his teammates believe they are better.

Anderson Varejao has been playing his best NBA season.

Mo Williams has been playing his role with added intensity.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas, at 34 years of age, has been playing with so much enthusiasm.

In the last month or so, the Cavaliers realized that they have the best record in the NBA. Much more, the best record in franchise history.

They just don't believe they can win, rather they believe they will win.

When all of that aptitude mixes together with King James' natural talent, the Cavaliers became a dangerous threat for any opponent that'll come their way.

They are now firing on all cylinders. They'll clash with the Philadelphia 76ers tonight and I don't expect much trouble.

On paper, and with what they have done the past five-and-a-half months, the championship seems inevitable; nevertheless, basketball isn't played on paper, nor is success measured by past endeavours.

The Forest city can only hope the best for their young team in search of basketball supremacy.

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