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LeBron now has signature moment, will soon have ring, too

Jun 20, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

That, right there, is the signature moment all superstar champions have.

Michael Jordan has the flu game. Magic the baby sky-hook. Think of Dr. J and you think of the up-and-under scoop in the finals. And so it goes for every superstar.

LeBron James needed one because he is soon going to both have a ring and an NBA finals MVP trophy. Now he has his signature moment to go with that first title — a three to spark a 7-0 run with his legs cramping so bad he could barely run. Yes, the Heat still must close out this series, but up 3-1 history says that they will — maybe as soon as Thursday — and when that happens you will see that clip above a lot over the years.

It wasn’t just that three. Miami took a commanding 3-1 in the NBA finals because of the brilliant 43 minutes LeBron played before his quadriceps cramped up. The Heat have used him more and more as a power forward and in this series that has proven to be a nearly unstoppable matchup for the Thunder — LeBron is too strong and backs Thabo Sefolosha or James Harden down into the paint and score, he’s too quick if you put a big man out on him to stop those post ups.

More than the 26 points it was the 12 assists that really keyed Miami in Game 4 — LeBron was distributing the ball as well as he ever has and that had role players like Mario Chalmers stepping up. LeBron had 10 points and 4 assists in the third quarter alone as the Heat took the lead for stretches of time after having been down 17 in the first half. LeBron was the focal point of the Heat offense and defense. He was the MVP.

Then it happened. Following a slip-and-fall on a fourth quarter drive LeBron was in in serious pain, his quadriceps cramped up. He had to be helped off the court and could barely move.

“I sat on the bench, got rehydrated as much as I could while we had a long time out, and sat through a few plays and I was able to go back into the game.” James said.

Just his presence coming back in was a boost for the Heat. And that’s when the play happened — LeBron was forced to take a three as the shot clock wound down.

And he drained it.

Maybe you can argue Thabo Sefolosha should have been out tighter on the hobbled star, but somehow LeBron found the lift in his tired legs to get one more shot off.

A signature shot.

That wasn’t the dagger, but that was the moment you knew this game would belong to the Heat. A couple plays later the cramps retuned and coach Erik Spoelstra sat LeBron because, as Spoelstra said, the Heat were playing 4-on-5 with LeBron hobbling around out there.

But this has been James’ series. He is not going to silence all his critics, but his performance in this series must make his detractors at least respect his game. He has become comfortable with who he is and used that “happy place” as a launching pad for a finals MVP run. He has played great with the game on the line.

There is more work for the Heat to do — the Thunder are not going to roll over — but right now it’s hard to doubt LeBron will rise to the challenge. He already has this series.

He has his signature moment and now he just needs the ring to go with it.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    For Tampajoey, Canntonbound13 and all the rest of you peons. Jay Z Said it best:

    I don’t even know y’all name
    I’m too big for ya, the rap Lebron James
    Roc Nation, the new movement
    And y’all money funny, what the —— are YOOOU DOING??
    I don’t know what y’all on
    This is chess – know the difference ‘tween the king and the pawn

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      I just have 1 word for you: asterisks Enjoy it by your title, unless of coarse the Heat choke and lose the last 3 games. I also smell another Tim Donaghy scandal in this series.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        Don’t worry, one more win and I absolutely will enjoy our title.

      • heat256 - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        That smell is your mom’s cooter. Pine Sol and a fire hose are the world’s only hope.

      • eddiecrash1976 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:26 PM

        lol,
        yeah the asterisk is going to read “Lebron MVP for the season, MVP for the finals, injured his leg and still hit a three pointer with a hand in his face, and finally silences all his haters” wohooo.
        Nice try but you just can’t bring us down fool, pitty you. We will defenitely enjoy the this title knowing how miserable you and all the haters are pissed right now. Loving it, Loving it, Loving it, it’s just makes it that much sweeter.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        I’m not a Heat fan and I want them to win so badly just to stick it to you petulant Cavs fans. Nothing makes me happier than your podunk town having this thrown in your face.

      • couldntthinkofaname - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:21 PM

        Not a Heat fan, nor from Pitt, Balt. or Cincy (always have to throw that in for Cleveland Fan’s benefit).

        All this garbage is coming from a fan base that:

        1) cheered two Browns QBs getting injured;
        2) started an Art Modell death watch;
        3) allowed Steeler fans year after year to take over their own stadium;
        4) walked out on their team just after the start of the fourth quarter in those same games because the team was losing;
        5) has repeatedly ignored the Indians (last in MLB attendance) then lectured other fan bases for not being “hard core”;
        6) embraced the moronic Dan Gilbert as a folk hero;
        7) ignored the Cavs until LeBron resurrected that dump of a franchise;
        8) littered the Cleveland Browns Stadium field with beer bottles after a “bad call” against JAX several years ago;
        9) defended Jim Tressel, saying that that liar and cheat was just kind of like “a father defending his children”‘;
        10) constantly bitched for 15 years about the Browns moving and yet couldn’t care less about any other city losing a sports team (“They deserved it, we didn’t!”)
        11) burned LeBron jerseys and actually drove by his house in Akron to scream obscenities;
        12) launched http://www.drafttroysmith.com several years ago;
        13) decided that Brandon Weeden is the next Roger Staubach;
        14) has always believed this equation: Kosar > Kurt Warner;
        15) has worn both “OKCleveland” and “Mavaliers” t-shirts (as if anybody in OKC or Dallas wants the support of the fans of a team that belongs in a developmental league);
        16) blamed LeBron (since he left) for the team not being able to get free agents (I’guess LeBron’s the reason NFL and MLB free agents don’t come here, too);
        17) repeatedly referred to Romeo Crennel as “fat ass”;
        18) never stopped whining about the drive, fumble, losing the WS to Atlanta, and Jordon’s shot over Ehlo;
        19) treated Derek Anderson like dog**** for three years and then cried like babies when he called them cutthroat and ruthless (truth hurts);
        20) calls every other fan base “front runners”;
        21) ripped on LeCharlies Bentley after he requested his release (after contracting staph, and almost dying one night);
        21) and, of course, who can forget 15 years of crying about the Browns being located and then turning around and rooting for a relocated NBA team?

        It’s an irrelevant sports city with the biggest sense of self-entitlement in the world. No matter the sport, Cleveland sports fans love nothing more that for the world to view them as victims and feel sorry for them. Of course this is how they react. What right did LeBron have to actually make his own decisions?

        He took your team as far as he could. You had the guy for six years. You don’t own the guy. It’s a shame you can’t take pride in a player that is as talented as he is coming from Ohio. But hey, pride isn’t exactly your strong point.

        Nothing says “Cleveland sports fan” like a bunch of maniacs acting childish, pounding their fists, and stomping their feet.

        Wah.

      • canehouse - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        cantonbound you are a low life capital loser… seek help you need a lot of it.

    • 1historian - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      apparently the above is what passes as ‘art’ these days

      sigh

    • 700levelvet - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      Hasn’t Jay Z called your mother, sister,daughter a bitch or a ho?……..Or is he talking about some other race……..Funny to see grown men fall to their knees, by someone who bounces a ball, and then act if they are quoting a scholar……Sure, he’s rich….Rich because of idiots like you……or as you say y’all…….Keep quoting Jay Z and his Dr.Suess rhymes………..funny to me

    • baywatchboy - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      I’ve said it all along…Adam Morrison will win more NBA Championships than LeBron james

  2. teamobijuan - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    He bricked one not 60 seconds after that. May have even been an airball, can’t remember. Jordan would have made it.

    • teamobijuan - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      Reggie Miller would have made it, got the ball back, and made a second.

      • truthhurtstoo - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM

        only against the knicks

      • eddiecrash1976 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM

        yeh but not without the help of Scottie Pippen ad Tony Kukoc. lol, even Jordan couldnt do it alone. muahahaahahahahahahaha

    • andre504 - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      you Lebron haters are ridiculous…. Jordan would of made it LOL! It does not matter because he made that one! Stop hating, my gosh!

      • teamobijuan - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:17 AM

        Jordan would have made it with the flu and cramps in both legs.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      When you’re talking to The Don
      Have respect, like you’re talking to your mom

      • teamobijuan - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:26 AM

        There is to be no quoting rap in article comments.

  3. zidanevalor - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Yeah, but it wasn’t a buzzer-beater down by 2 in Game 7 on the road after coming back from a 30 point deficit, so it doesn’t count (sarcasm).

  4. jtchernak - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Of course it’s a signature moment because Kurt is a complete Miami heat dickrider it’s out of hand and it’s making a lot of his articles like reading a heat fans writing

    • truthhurtstoo - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      such a sad little life you must have… enjoy it loser!

    • bougin89 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      I’m going to go to bat for Kurt on this one. I think he has covered this series pretty well. All in all I think he has called it like it is in his articles.

  5. j0esixpack - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    We haven’t heard much from bozosforall lately.

    How is his prediction that the Spurs would beat the Heat going?

    Or that any Western conference team playing the East would easily win the Championship?

    Look on the bright side bozo – it’s not like you had any credibility around here in the first place.

  6. tomtravis76 - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Rings are’t given out for three wins. Heat still have to finish them off. It looks ike its going to be a good summer for Lebron and company, title and Olympic gold.

  7. wize21 - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    No a heat fan, like Lebron, just want him to win so all y’all will shut up, media,haters stop hating cause in ten years you’ll be talking how great he was

  8. trickybastard - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Hey everyone meet Kurt Helin, Front Runner

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      front runner & LeBron luster

  9. thekingdave - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    I don’t think the majority of rational “anti-Lebron” people ever disrespected game or doubted he’d win multiple titles. We all know he’s a freak of nature, the best player in the game, and has the opportunity to be one of the best ever. Which is the problem with it all exactly, bailing on being the guy in Cleveland to join a lesser superstar’s team. Granted I’m in my 20s, but I’d never seen anything like it any sport. He was well within his right to do so, just thought it was lame for someone of his ability to do. As I stated earlier, them not winning last year was a huge disappointment. Doing the same this year would have been one of epic proportions.

    • truthhurtstoo - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      Ever seen the Celts? One good point you made is that you’re too young to know what going on.

      • thekingdave - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:01 AM

        Uh, so Bill Russell willing left another team to join John Havlicek’s Boston Celtics? I don’t think you’re referring to anything that actually happened.

    • caseybojangles - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      let it go man. people holding onto this myth that superstars can win it on their own it lame. there are PLENTY of examples of stars leaving a team and joining another with existing stars on them. you don’t have to look further than the lakers really but there are still plenty of other teams.

      chamberlain to the lakers in 68 with west and baylor
      jabbar to the lakers in 75 with goodrich
      malone to the lakers in 04 with shaq and kobe
      shaq to miami with dwade
      drexler to houston with hakeem
      paul to the clippers with blake
      garnett to celtics with pierce
      barkley to the suns with kjohnson
      barkley to the rockets with hakeem and drexler
      parrish to the celtics with bird
      you can almost certainly add dwight howard to this list soon

      get over it.

      • 1historian - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM

        FYI – I am not a fan of Lebron James, Pat Riley or the Miami Heat, in fact I rather enjoy it when they lose.

        But – they came from 17 down last night and took over. They won the game because they were the best team. Down the stretch they did what they had to do. James made some passes that Magic would be proud of.

        I’m still not a Miami fan but I think they’re going to win this – they learned a bitter lesson last year and they seem to have learned it well.

        OKC is learning the same lesson this year – the hard way, the ONLY way, and I look forward to some memorable finals between the 2 teams in the future.

        To those who are STILL dumping on James for going to Miami 2 years ago – what is the problem? Doesn’t he have the right to go wherever he wants? Of course he does. He played in Cleveland for 6 (?) years, and they didn’t get any better in that time – had it not been for his being in the lineup they wouldn’t have even got in the playoffs.

        If you had the chance to do what he did – wouldn’t you do it?

        If you didn’t you would be fools.

        The announcers last night were poor.

      • thekingdave - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:50 AM

        Wow. I try to rationalize the so called “anti-Lebron” stuff and be fair about it, only to be greeted by the complete opposite end of the spectrum. These hardcore “pro-Lebron” fans are just as irrational as the people they mock. Let me go through your idiotic list which COMPLETELY misses the point for the most part.

        A declining Malone plays his final season with the Lakers. Big deal. A prime Malone bailing on the Jazz after stringing them out all season would be a valid comparison.

        A declining Shaq TRADED to Miami due to a personality conflict with kobe bryant

        Drexler in the twilight of his career TRADED to his hometown Rockets for Otis Thorpe

        Chris Paul TRADED to the Clippers

        Charles Barkely TRADED to the Suns, and is still the guy by the way. Kevin Johnson, really? Lay off the crack pipe dude.

        Garnett TRADED to the Celtics after initially refusing to join the team

        Barkley TRADED to the Rockets for a package built around Robert Horry and Sam Cassell, who would both go on to play for 10 plus years.

        Parrish TRADED to the Celtics

        When Howard does leave, he will still BE THE GUY, even if he goes to Brooklyn (Yes, he’s a bigger force than Deron Williams)

        Even if these players had not been traded, the only ones on your list who COME CLOSE to Lebron’s talent and stature in the league at the time are Chamberlain and Jabbar, PERIOD. I could keep going on, but I don’t think it will do any good. The vast majority of people are over it besides the psychotic ones hanging out on the internet. What’s really annoying is all this immense praise as if the Heat are doing something truly extraordinary. I merely state that they are doing what they should be doing, should have done last year, and should be favored to do for the next 6 years unless someone gets hurt or three of the top 10 players in the NBA hit free agency together and collude to join forces again. Use your brain.

      • caseybojangles - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:11 AM

        @thekingdave
        1. free agency is a relatively new thing. most players in sports USUALLY did not have the benefits of free agency that they do today
        2. your highlight of TRADED is COMPLETELY MEANINGLESS. so you think sign and trades happen WITHOUT the agreement/input/or otherwise consent of superstars.

        don’t be a clueless idiot. look at the last 32 NBA championships since 1980 (i could go back further and utterly destroy your idea of one guy winning it all but i’ll save you the embarassment). out of all these, you got maybe last year’s mavericks as a team with one guy and 11 players that couldn’t do anything else. great…you can have the exception. good job.

        use your brain.

    • 6thsense79 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      thekingdave,

      What the hell does it matter if James went to Miami? He is to anyone without any bias the best player in the NBA. He looked around at Cleveland and decided he had taken them as far as he could and judging from where Cleveland was before James got there and where they fell after James left James was the best thing Cleveland ever had but that really wasn’t enough. Cleveland couldn’t build a solid team around James like OKC did with Durant or Portland did before injuries decimated their plans. James will likely win a championship this year and with 8-10 more years left in his career more than likely have another title or two left.

      Also in the late 60s Wilt Chamberlain forced a trade from Philly to the Lakers who already had Elgin Baylor and Jerry West by threatening to jump to the ABA if he wasn’t traded. You’re right you are young so you wouldn’t know that. This was after winning the previous season’s MVP award.

    • bougin89 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      I totally agree kingdave. Lebron will definitely considered to be one of the greats, there is no question about that, but Michael, Magic, and Larry all have something in common. They spent their prime years with the team that drafted them and instead of joining up they created rivalries that made the NBA great, they had help, no question but they were good enough to win multiple titles without leaving.

      • eddiecrash1976 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:46 PM

        Not Lebrons fault they couldnt bring that same kind of talent to help him, as was done for Jordan, Magic and Bird, blame it on Dan Gilbert and his inept staff. Not to mention greedy.

      • bougin89 - Jun 20, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        The Bulls were a lot like Cleveland in Jordan’s first seasons. It takes time to build teams(unless you team up with your Olympic buddies).

    • eddiecrash1976 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      Umm, I dont know if youve been watching the palyoffs and the finals but Wade has been anything but a superstar in these games. And I’ve been a Heat fan since they came into the league. Lebron, not Wade or Bosh scored 45points against the CELTICS in game 6, he single handely won that game for the Heat, without Lebron the Heat would not have made it this far and its obvious from his stats and the clutch shots he made this entire playoffs and finals. He’s been the most consistent of all the Heat players. Lebron doesnt need other superstars so he can win the big one he just doesnt need the scrubs from Clevland playing as horrible as they did. Dan Gilbert should not have been so cheap and invested his money in bringing in some real help for Lebron. Lebron carried that team, he was playing 1 vs 5 the whole time he was in Clevland still took them to a finals. Jordan didnt do it alone, Magic didnt do it alone and Bird didnt do it alone, neither did Dirk or Kobe for that matter, the only former NBA player to talk that trash was Barkley and even he left is beloved Sixers. Lebron stayed in Clevland for how long, 7 yrs? So us non-NBA players don’t have a right to judge him for switching teams, leave that up too former NBA champs to do so.

      • bougin89 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:56 PM

        eddiecrash1976…isn’t that the point, Lebron is so good he doesn’t need to join other superstars, thats why people disagreed with the move.

  10. truthhurtstoo - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Hey Kevin…. psst… “too small”- LeBron

  11. cnyphinfan - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    In my late teens and 20s, I hated Michael Jordan. I was a Knicks fan and he always beat my team. And not liking Jordan really kept me from truly appreciating the greatness that I was seeing. I realized how great he was only after he retired for the final time by re-watching some of his classic games again.

    I started seeing myself do that with LeBron as well, but these playoffs have snapped me out of it. I would love to see the Thunder win because I am a huge Durant fan – but LeBron is just at another level right now. His numbers in the playoffs are crazy and my biggest beef with him was always that he could get to the rim whenever he wanted – why shoot so many jump shots – but he has finally understood that. He cramped up last night because he was so aggressive and working so hard that his legs started to give up before he would. Just amazing stuff. As a fan of basketball – you cannot do anything but marvel at this player – who when he is on makes everyone else look ordinary.

  12. fiyeaglesfiy - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    “Signature Moment?”…c’mon Kurt. In the 4th quarter he made a wide open three, air balled a wide open three, and the Heat win the game. What do those three things have in common? They are all completely unrelated to each other. The heat won this game because Mario Chalmers made big plays down the stretch while the “best player in the world” was on the bench with cramps during key minutes in the most important game of his career to date. A game in which Russell Westbrook and not the league MVP was by far the best player on the floor and the guy who looked like he wanted it the most. Yes, the Heat will probably win the championship. And yes, Lebron has been great all year throughout the regular season and the playoffs. But let’s not glorify him as a hero, he wasn’t even on the court with the game on the line. If you want to talk signature moments, he hit a much bigger buzzer beater three during his Cleveland tenure in the eastern conference finals. The question I’ll ask is, what kind of injury would it take to get Jordan or Kobe (or even Paul Pierce) off the floor in this kind of situation? The answer is, if they’re conscious, they’re playing, period. Those are signature moments, that’s how you become a hero. LeBron just doesn’t have that.

  13. cosanostra71 - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    wonder how he’s going to be able to hold up next year if he’s getting cramps in a shortened season…

    • 6thsense79 - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      Yes because cramping means James can’t hold up through a full season even though he’s been amongst the leaders in minutes per game for over 7 years now. He’ll be fine…..He was one of the few superstars that didn’t break down during this shorten season and he always played 40+ minutes.

  14. jgreiner9 - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    How about……the celtics with kg, Allen, and pierce; the lakers with Kobe and shaq/Kobe and gasol; spurs with Duncan, Parker, ginobli; hell the heat a couple of years ago with wade and shaq……or we can go back further….bulls with Jordan and pippen; rockets with hakeem and drexler; celtics with bird and mchale; lakers with magic and kareem. Stop acting like more than one star per team is unusual or cheapens a championship. Lebron has shown he is the clear superstar on this team

  15. cantonbound13 - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    LeBrons signature moves have been free-throw attempts. very exciting. They can thank Stern for getting this far.

    • truthhurtstoo - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      pfft…. loser

    • 6thsense79 - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      “Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! My-yummy! Mm-yummy, you guys!”

      —-Eric Cartman

    • eddiecrash1976 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      Cantonbound13s signature move has been spewing diahrrea from his mouth this whole season. Muahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaa

      Oh, wheres your team at? Muahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaa

    • canehouse - Jun 20, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      Cantonbound you’re punk biotch!!! We all know that your hate for Lebron is only a cloak for your slurp fest on Lebron.

  16. TheJStyles - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Miami’s trainers couldn’t get Gatorade on screen fast enough…

  17. trybe29dr - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Who careswhat jordan could have or would have done as a player. Im still waiting for his first competant move as a GM/Owner

  18. reddolfan66 - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Where ‘s all the LBJ haters at !!! Losers just what everybody was afraid of , remember, not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7, just had to rub it in… Go Heat!!!

    • lyndseymarieee - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      Still not even ONE.

      • truthhurtstoo - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM

        um… Thursday is coming

  19. The Prophet - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    That was pretty damn heroic by LeBron. To see him battling on the sideline and limping out there on the court and nailing that 3 pointer that he seemed to miss every other time was legendary. He made me a fan.

  20. lyndseymarieee - Jun 20, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    I know no one has ever come back from 3-1 deficit in the Finals but I’m already sick of reading how the Heat have won a ring. Last time I checked you have to win FOUR games to win an NBA title.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      Absolutely correct. We’re enjoyed last night’s win, but it’s in the rear view now. Focusing on Game 5. Nothing that happened before it matters. Nothing that will happen afterwards matters. All in. One Game. No Regrets.

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM

        Ok Vince Lombardi

  21. uscfan1988 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Keeping in mind that I am a Laker fan, you people that keep whining about the officiating are sickening. You can point out poor officiating in every game. It baffles me how people who don’t like the Heat find anyway they can to not give them any credit for winning. How about this, Miami won because they made plays late and OKC did not.

    • truthhurtstoo - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      you make far too much sense for those here who just like to whine regardless. Anyone that doesn’t enjoy watching LeBron play doesn’t like basketball. He is what all should strive to be.

      • atlsage - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM

        I agree with everything you said except the “He is what all should strive to be” part. It did kinda take him a while to win a ring. I would rather win one sooner.

      • scalfor3 - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:23 PM

        i can like basketball, admit that lebron is a great player, but still not like him. its not impossible…

  22. brokenrope - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    I have memo on my desk–TAKE A LONG VACATION AT NO-MEDIACONTACT RESORT&SPA.
    I hopefully think the media liplock on James “I WON A TROPHY” story on every late night gig
    and every good morning america show not to mention the ESPN’S,FOX SPORTS,ECT.
    with the same old question and answer over and over again will fade by the end of October,
    God help us. By the way the “TROPHY” will have a big “ASTERISK” to go along with it.
    Enough said, now where my fishing poles.

    • kobron123 - Jun 20, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Ha! Ha! Eat that fish from polluted waters to match your temperament.

  23. miamatt - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    It was a signature and, to date, career-defining moment for LBJ.

    Only the most hardened OKC fans could be oblivious to how special what unfolded last night was. Beautiful, gritty win for James and the Heat.

    Westbrook was special last night as well, but the inexcusable mental breakdown at the end will define this game for him forever.

    One win to go…

  24. bigbenh8tr - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Oh wow he made a 3 pointer while cramping up. This is nothing compared to Paul Pierce vs the Lakers, or Jordan with the flu. I bet the rest of these finals games get some of the lowest ratings over the past 5 years because the majority of the country could care less about Lebrons pompous *** winning a title. We just want to get past this and move onto next season to watch him choke again, and not win 5,6,7 championships. PUNK

    • 6thsense79 - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      “Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! My-yummy! Mm-yummy, you guys!”

      —-Eric Cartman

    • therisky1 - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      Oh it was nothing like when Paul Pierce faked an injury, started crying, had to be carried of like a little baby, and then 5 minutes later comes running out of the locker room. Pierce is a washed up player, he can’t compete with Lebron any more. Stop trying to find something to complain about with Lebron, you can’t deny that he is the best basketball player in the world right now. Durant is a close second, yet you think that these Finals will get low ratings…..

    • truthhurtstoo - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      clueless moron

    • eddiecrash1976 - Jun 20, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      Loser! Muahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
      The Heat are going to hang there banner on Thursday before the game starts! muahahahahahahahahahahaha

      Pat Riley is going to comeout before the game and promise everyone, Were going to do it again next season! muahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      Cocky Heat Fan!

  25. fanz928 - Jun 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    It’s too early to write about this maybe when they actually get that ring

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