Well, ladies and gentlemen, hell hath frozen over … and I’m pretty sure I just saw some pig-like creature flying overhead. In case you missed the news or haven’t caught ESPN’s insane amount of coverage in the past 11 or so hours, LeBron James has finally won an NBA title – I honestly had hoped the Armageddon would have come and destroyed the world before I would utter those words. But, what saddens me the most is that all of the ring-less jokes will now have to cease.
When the Oklahoma City Thunder won the first game of the series, 105-94, I thought the might actually give the Heat a run for their money and this whole thing would play out the entire seven games. Not so much. The Heat won the next three, 100-96, 91-85, 104-98, and I just had an inkling that this would be the series LeBron had been waiting for his entire career.
When the game clock for Game 5 hit double zeroes, the Miami Heat were overwhelmingly victorious, having just clobbered the Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-106. Regardless how many three-pointers Mike Miller threw up, last night was definitely LeBron’s time to shine. James ended his quest for a ring with an exclamation point, scoring himself a triple-double.
Before the two-minute mark, with the Heat up by 22 points, LeBron was actually jumping up and down on the sidelines like a little kid who had just found the Golden Ticket granting him access to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. As ridiculous as it was, it was a well-deserved celebration. Not only did he win his very first ring, but LeBron was also deemed the MVP of the Finals, which I really don’t think was a surprise to anyone. Averaging 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists, he was the unanimous choice to receive the Bill Russell Trophy.
Granted, it may have taken nine seasons, but someone as talented as LeBron was destined to earn a ring at some point in his career. To quote the King himself, “It’s about damn time.” Now the only question is whether he will be able to repeat. With Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade coming back for another season and not many key players likely to be exiting, the Heat may be a force to be reckoned with for some time to come.