He drives through the lane with explosive force like a running back. Initiating contact, as the ball careens off the backboard and into the net, LeBron James heads to the free-throw line.
With his hairline receding, he no longer pays attention as the headband has been removed from his cranium.
Effortlessly, James sinks the free throw to convert the And-1 opportunity. That was game one of the series against the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals. Four games later, only converting one of four free throws, James and the Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2006-2007.
In 2010, after losing to the Boston Celtics in the second round and pending free agency, James made his decision to take his “talents to South Beach” as the saying goes. Five seasons later, LeBron finds himself in a situation like the one he and the Cavaliers were in during the 2007 playoffs. Only this time,however, the team LeBron and the Cavs face in the Finals look to be a well-rounded team with a pair of three-point specialists — the Golden State Warriors.
What LeBron did wasn’t a betrayal to the city of Cleveland, but a terminator “I’ll be back statement.” And not just “I’ll be back,” but an “I’ll be back and we’ll win the whole damn thing this time.”
He took off to get better, mentally and physically. James found a winning atmosphere in his time in Miami and found a way to take what he learned back to Cleveland, which could ultimately be what gives the Cavs the edge over the Warriors.
James is on the cusp of proving why he deserves to be the greatest player of this generation. Continue reading