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King James' Day

Cagayan de Oro : Philippines | Jun 21, 2012 at 11:16 PM PDT
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              NBA MVP LeBron James made his big decision Thursday night. The jewel of the free agent class said he will join the Miami Heat, and pursue a championship with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. (July 8)

His "It's about damn time" statement summed it all. After 8 seasons of being the king without a crown, Lebron "The King" James is sitting atop the throne today, after the Miami Heat blew out the OKC Thunder 121-106 in Game 5 of the 2012 NBA finals.

James, as expected was the catalyst once again, playing a total of 44minutes and 9 seconds, 9 plus more minutes than Cris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. James also tallied a triple double with 26 points,13 assists and 11 rebounds en route to winning the NBA finals MVP without a doubt. He ended the series averaging 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists in what is unquestionably his most dominating post season ever in the NBA.

Dominating might even be an understatement to the performance that James has shown in the finals, moreso after losing Game 1 in OKC. And perhaps it was not the failure of OKC that lost it for them, it was the brilliance of King James that won it for Miami. It was not so much the immaturity of KD and Co. but it was the ability of Lebron James to finally dig deep and find the true King in his heart. Again, it was his sense of urgency and desperation, when he decided to carry South Beach on his broad shoulders. It was his will, his determination and his unbelievable focus and drive. Forget the scary moments of this post season, Lebron James played big each time his team went down by a game-against the Pacers, the Celtics and the Thunder. And to everyone, including myself, who've always questioned his heart and his ability to play in the clutch, well this was his answer and we are only his witnesses.

It's about damn time might not only mean it's about time he won the title. It could also be that it's about time that he found out how truly special he is. There has been none before him and there could never be another one who will possess same combination of speed,strength, finesse and basketball IQ. And in these 5 Championship games, it seemed that Lebron James became the sum of all great ones. It was ubelievable watching these games, this series, even only in TV,even just replays during work days, even only the boxscores and live chats in the internet. Because today, Lebron James has indeed fulfilled the prophecies of a lot of basketball gods and geniuses. And he has silenced a lot of those who criticized him.

But as to the promise he made two years ago- "not one, not two, not three..." well that remains to be seen. Sure Battier, Chalmers and Miller were the difference makers in games 2,4 and 5. But with the rest of the league getting younger and better, Micky Arison has gotta give his King a round table full of knights next year and in the years to come. You can't just settle for recycling old stars to make a good paper team. After buying so much these past years to assemble this team, it's about time for Arison to build a castle strong enough to defend the crown and help the king.

That is for the future. But for now, let Lebron James savor this one first. He deserves it. He's earned it.And he's definitely worthy of it.

Sad for a Lakers and OKC fan to say this but: Long Live the King!!!

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SHANE GARRY ACEDERA is based in Diliman, Central Luzon, Philippines, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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