Heat win NBA Finals, LeBron James named Finals MVP

LeBron joined elite company with last night's championship

6/21/13 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Jun 20, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James celebrates with the Larry O'Brien Championship trophy and the MVP trophy after game seven in the 2013 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena. Miami defeated San Antonio 95-88 to win the NBA Championship. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY SportsFor the second year in a row, LeBron James has taken home the three biggest pieces of hardware available in the NBA, a feat matched only by Bill Russell and Michael Jordan.

LeBron took home the season MVP and the Finals MVP, and obviously his team won the NBA Finals, making him only the third player in league history to win all three of those awards in consecutive seasons.

He has spent much of his career facing criticism from all sides. Sometimes, it's for valid reasons, like when he essentially disappeared in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics. Other times, he has been criticized for absurd reasons, like not winning a championship with the Cavaliers, despite one of the weakest supporting casts ever to reach the Finals.

Either way, the critics are starting to quiet down now, as they should. In the 7th game of this year's Finals, James put up video game numbers against the Spurs, dropping 37 points to go along with 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks.

It's worth noting that LeBron is only 28 years old. Although it seems like he has been around the league for a long time, he still has plenty of time left. Here's a quick comparison of him and Michael Jordan at the end of their age 28 seasons:

LeBron James: 2 championships, 1 scoring title, 4 MVPs, 2 Finals MVPs, 9 All-Star games, 7-time All-NBA first team, 5-time All-Defensive first team, career averages of 27.6 ppg, 6.9 apg, 7.3 rpg.
Michael Jordan: 2 championships, 6 scoring titles, 3 MVPs, 2 Finals MVPs, 7 All-Star games, 1 DPOY, 6-time All-NBA first team, 5-time All-Defensive first team, career averages of 32.3 ppg, 6.0 apg, 6.3 rpg.

Aside from Jordan's pure scoring ability, LeBron really doesn't lack anything. And what he lacks in scoring numbers, he makes up for in assists and rebounds.

Hate LeBron if you want, but at some point you're going to have to admit that he's ALREADY one of the all-time greats.
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6/21/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Lets see the Heat had a 27 game winning streak. They won 66 games this year. And won their second championship in a row.. and the previous year thy were runners up in the playoffs...This team will compare favorably....The salary cap has changed the dynamic of these teams...but hey...

6/21/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

To those who may not be aware, Jordan didn't enter the NBA at the age of 18 like LeBron did. He actually played 3 years of college and won a National Championship at North Carolina, and then a gold medal in '84 long before the dream team. Jordan would've accomplished far more by the age of 28 had he not been in college for 3 years. Not to mention Jordan entered the league in 1984 when all-time great teams like the Celtics and Lakers were dominating the NBA. There are NO teams even close to those teams since the 95-96 Bulls team that won 72 games. This era will never compare to the elite teams from the 80s or 90s.