Now that the dust has settled on the 2011-2012 National Association of Basketball (NBA) season and the Miami Heat superstar LeBron James has won his “first” NBA championship, his critics should cease clamoring he is not a winner. LeBron James displayed exceptional leadership skills – both on and off the basketball court – during the 2011-2012 season. He demonstrated to everyone who were paying attention the importance of maturity, skill and humility while dominating the 2011-2012 NBA playoffs with style, grace and class. I am proud of LeBron James’ accomplishments (there are too many to name in this blog). His achievement I’m most proud is he is the fifth (5th) player in the NBA history to close out a championship series with a triple double. Only Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Tim Duncan have achieved the same feat. The aforementioned gentlemen are all NBA multi championship winners. I am elated that I supported the Miami Heat to win the championship, even though sometimes my belief waned, I was one of the many individuals who hoped LeBron would lead the Miami Heat to the 2011-2012 NBA Championship.
During the 2010-2011 season, I was critical of LeBron for his immature actions before a game with his former team, The Cleveland Cavaliers. I felt proud of him during one of his 2011-2012 press conferences when he said “I was immature a year ago.” His remark demonstrated with time anyone can change a bad behavior and live up to one’s teeming potential. LeBron has shown us he can handled the pressure of the “bright lights.” His teammate and good friend Dwyane Wade remarked that even he didn’t know what is was like living in LeBron’s world until LeBron shared his emotions and challenges with his teammates. I bet there were a few tears shed that day when the Miami Heat players had their players only team meeting.
I cannot predict whether LeBron James will win another NBA Championship. I do plan on supporting his quest for another run at the championship trophy, especially given the fact he won his first NBA Title at an earlier age (27 years old) than the great Michael Jordan. Keep On Rising LeBron James!