Sports Brothers: June 26, 2013
caines | 6/27/2013, 5:30 a.m.
LeBron meets expectations Ever since we first got wind of a kid from Ohio named LeBron James he was labeled the chosen one. Chosen to be the next big thing in his sport since he was in high school. The enormity of that pressure could be mind blowing. LeBron has dominated winning MVPs , enduring the outrage that followed the decision and pairing up with his pal Dwyane Wade to finally win his first ring a year ago. Still the critics kept hammering away. After last Thursdays 95-88 hard fought win over the San Antonio Spurs in an epic game seven of the NBA Finals, LeBron James posed with his second consecutive NBA Championship and Finals MVP in each hand and stared down his haters and doubters saying along the way I aint got no worries. This may have been the finest 48 minutes in the illustrious career of King James. We all look at James physical stature and feel compelled that we should tell him what to do and how he should play this game. The great Spurs Head Coach Greg Popovich dared LeBron to shoot the basketball throughout the series and it seemed to be working for a while as King James numbers were down from a brilliant regular season. However on this night, when the lights were at their brightest, on the biggest stage LeBron James delivered. He made big shot after big shot last Thursday night and looked totally comfortable doing it, there was no indecisiveness or hesitation as James scored five 3-pointers. He displayed a variety of midrange shots, and in the frantic final seconds he delivered the dagger a 20-footer with 27 seconds left that gave Miami a seemingly safe four-point lead. It was the kind of performance that legends are made of. It was not what he did, but when and how he did it. Just like Magic Johnson in 1980 with his masterful 42 point 15 rebound and 7 assists performance that still resonates to this day. This was an all time legacy sealing performance from LeBron James. He finished with 37 points in the decisive Game 7 on the heels of pouring in 32 in a memorable Game 6. The questions and the doubts will persist but LeBron James has delivered on all that promise that we saw in the Akron kid in a mans body all those years ago. He is the best in the world and he is hungry for more. It appears as if he is on his way to getting just that. More. Not one, not two . . . well you get the idea.