This time, James makes right decisions, ascends to crown
Last night, The Decision finally gave way to the ascension for LeBron James.
The world’s best player, after inflaming a legion of loathers with an arrogant display in leaving Cleveland for Miami, then suffering a humbling loss in last year’s NBA Finals, finally rose to the place everyone expected him to occupy since his high school days in Akron, Ohio.
James and the Heat are NBA champions. They beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106, but it really wasn’t that close. James had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists, the first NBA Finals triple-double since Magic Johnson.
With the Heat up by 25 points heading into the fourth quarter, James had to know he had a one-hour closeup coming on worldwide television, which called to mind another one-hour LeBron James TV production.
The Decision, that regrettable public relations misstep in which he gracelessly announced his intention to “take my talents to South Beach,” and rubbed his departure in Cleveland’s face, has hung over him since his arrival in Miami to a championship celebration rally before any championship had been won.
But last night, from the beginning of the fourth quarter with the outcome decided through his postgame interview with the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player trophy in hand, James was given a rare second chance to make a lasting impression, to write a new post-title narrative for the prime of his career.