The planet's best player though, now has his first world championship, and he's done so at 27 years old; or to be exact, one year younger than when the incomparable Michael Jordan captured his first ring with the Bulls in 1991.
Every good story needs a villain. And while heroes often come in the singular flavor of tall, dark and bland, an antihero can evoke deep, complex feelings. Having someone to root against is often more gratifying than having someone to root for.
In a new segment with Tara Petrolino of CineSport, I break down how and why Scott Brooks has been out-coached by Erik Spoelstra and, if it's too late for the Thunder to make another run in the Finals.
As has been the case through four games, though, OKC head coach Scott Brooks elected once again to let Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra dictate his lineup.
James' injury -- both the shot he made when he briefly returned to the game while still cramping, and his time on the bench during the game's final moments -- became the main topic of conversation among fans and pundits alike. And that's a shame.
So what will you remember from last night's Heat/Thunder game, Russell Westbrook torching the Heat for 43 points or committing a dumb foul with :14 left?
OKC has failed to eclipse the 100-point mark for the first time in back-to-back games since Games 2 and 3 of its conference semifinal series with the Lakers. Miami, in that span, has turned them over 25 times, scoring 29 transition points off of turnovers. But why and how?
Demetrius Flores will likely never remember the day he met Dwyane Wade. That afternoon, in the pediatric ward of Miami's Baptist Children's Hospital, the cherub-faced four-year-old is cranky and exhausted.
The Miami Heat finally assembled a legitimate half-court offensive scheme for 48 minutes, and the result was its most impressive total team effort of the NBA Finals.
My sports related conversations now revolve more around who I hate and why rather than who I cheer for. I believe this is a wonderful thing, sports has become one of our only bastions for letting our hate out in healthy ways.
The Finals rest in the hands of two players not expected to raise the Finals MVP award when it all comes to an end: Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade.
They say par is just a number, and at the Olympic Club that number is 70. As a result only six golfers beat par and only one of them is named Tiger Woods.
As the Heat start a championship series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, I'd rather my team not symbolize everything that's bad in sports to so many people.
One source close to the Heat informed me before the series that this is a much bigger problem than Wade has let on and that the pain is palpable. Even so, after Miami's 105-94 loss, the 2006 Finals MVP said: "I've still got something left in me."
For a Miami Heat team that is 33-4 this season and 8-0 in the playoffs when it scores 100 points, James' refusal to get his team over the hump once again was alarming.
Kevin Durant and the whole Thunder team showed a lot of heart last night. So in return here's my loud, heartfelt playlist for my new favorite team.