LeBron James held his index finger aloft, then turned and took a walk nine years in the making.
A few moments later, a championship ring - finally - was his.
James and the Miami Heat celebrated their NBA title once again Tuesday night, with the ring-and-banner ceremony replete with an indoor fireworks show that immediately preceded their season opener against the Boston Celtics.
NBA Commissioner David Stern handed Heat owner Micky Arison the first ring of the night, and Arison handed the others out to executives, coaches and players.
James went last, as the crowd roared for the reigning NBA MVP.
''It's not given,'' James said earlier Tuesday. ''These moments are not given.''
Stern gave brief remarks to the crowd, starting his address by mentioning ''those who were affected'' by Hurricane Sandy, which struck the East Coast earlier this week. (Stern misspoke and referred to the storm Hurricane Katrina, though his point was clear.) He congratulated Heat executives and coaches, th...