LeBron James returned to his former court in Miami for the first time since re-joining the Cleveland Cavaliers this off-season. King James received a well deserved and warm reception from the Miami Heat fans. James was a young man worn down from carrying the hopes of his hometown on his back when he came to Miami in 2010. Though given the moniker of king, he never truly ascended to the throne. Miami represented an escape; he teamed with follow superstar players Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to share the crown. Though they came together as equals, LeBron showed himself the supreme talent, whether he desired to or not. LeBron’s failure in the 2011 NBA Finals cast him as a ring-less king; he was just another talented player who desired the crown but wilted underneath its weight. Adversity is a bright spotlight, it unveils a person’s true character. LeBron got stage fright; he was pulled off the grandest stage. In the darkness of the off-season, James re-calibrated and refocused.
Over the next three years, LeBron was not just the most talented player in the NBA, he became the best player in the NBA. Adding the 2012 and 2013 MVP awards to his trophy case, James ascended the NBA landscape and finally claimed his rightful place as its king. With four straight NBA Finals trips and back to back championship titles in 2012 and 2013, the Miami Heat experienced unparalleled success during King James’ rule. The Miami Heat fans witnessed greatness, something most fan bases will never experience. The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers have combined to win 33 out 68 total NBA titles. There is not a lot of parity in the NBA and for a period of time the Miami Heat were the standard bearers. All eras end and more times than not it’s an abrupt end. Nonetheless, the Miami Heat fan base should cheer for LeBron James every time he comes back to town. Unlike Cleveland, Miami fans witnessed the maturation of a man; the true coronation of a king.