Found June 23, 2012 on The Eastside Perspective:
PLAYERS: LeBron James
TEAMS: Miami Heat

LeBron James has done what all the naysayer’s said he couldn’t or wouldn’t do after last years performance in the 2011 NBA Finals. He captured that elusive first championship ring. I am not the biggest fan of LeBron James, but I will certainly respect and acknowledge his game. He has finally quieted all his critics, at least for now i.e. Skip Bayless.

LeBron James has taken a completely different approach to the game in these 2012 playoffs. He has replaced the joking and showboating with leadership and desire. Which was proven when he pulled Mario Chalmers to the side and told him to cut the premature celebrations out, amidst the blow out in game 5.

What was it that could have made him make this switch? He hadn’t done anything in these 2012 playoffs that we already didn’t know he could. He has been an unstoppable force of nature since his first NBA appearance. James finally took a look in the mirror and took the initiative; he realized that the chip wouldn’t come to him, he would have to go get it.

For years LeBron James has been told that he is the greatest player and nobody could stop him. His greatest strength is his ability to drive to basket with reckless abandonment as opposed to fall away jump shots. Or going down low in the block versus jacking up ill advised three point shots. Coaches, friends, and analysts alike have told him this for years. You can tell people what to do to be great, but until they take that leap to acknowledge it, its ultimately on them. Apparently it hit LeBron in the head like a ton of bricks.

James took responsibility for his shortcomings and made a change. He went to the legends of the game to pick their brain and soaked up all their knowledge and made the necessary adjustments. It was most likely incredibly humbling for him to realize that the way he wanted to do things wasn’t getting it done, but doing what needed to be done was key to winning a championship. It is a lesson that all the greats have learned and it’s a sign of a true champion.

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