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He(at) Did it!

June 22nd, 2012

LeBron James celebrating his first NBA championship win last night. Photo credit: AP/Lynne Sladky

by Lyra Fuchs

Miami Heat basketball superstar LeBron James finally won the big one last night … and proved everyone wrong.

He led his team to win the NBA championship against the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106. The Heat won the best of 7 game series 4 games to 1. James had 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. He was named MVP, or most valuable player. This means that he was the most important person in the game and helped his team the most.

After his win he said, “It’s everything and more. I dreamed about this moment for a long time. Including last night, including today.” He began celebrating a bit early with a few minutes left in the game but clear the Heat were going to win. Some people felt he should have waited until after.

Many predicted the Oklahama City Thunder would win the championship and deny LeBron James another chance at winning the championship that’s eluded him.

LeBron James’ Road to the Championship 

When he was still in high school, people were saying LeBron James could become the best player of all time. James grew up in Ohio and was drafted to his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, straight from school. In James they saw Michael Jordan’s scoring, and Magic Johnson’s passing. A magazine even put James on the cover, under the words “The Chosen One.” This was obviously a lot of pressure for young James. But he also loved the attention. He even got a tattoo of the words “the chosen one” in big letters across his back. Everybody, including James, thought that he was going to be great.

But a funny thing happened on the way to greatness. James would do really well during the regular season, but “choke” (make mistakes under pressure) and lose during the playoffs. So, of course, people started to talk and say that he didn’t have what it takes, that he couldn’t win the playoffs. Few remembered that Michael Jordan didn’t win his first championship until he was in his late 20s. It must have been hard for James to listen to the people who said he couldn’t win a championship. But this didn’t stop him from working harder.

He had a chance to win his first championship last year but “choked” again, up 2 games to 1 against the Dallas Mavericks. Then he decided to start his own homemade basketball school. He spent his summer working on getting better. He called all sorts of great players, like Magic Johnson and Hakeem Olajuwon, and asked them how he could improve. He worked really hard on the things that they talked about, and he got even better.

This shows that you can be great at something and still have things to work on. If you work hard, you can be even greater. This is exactly what James did.

James must be very happy today. People said he wouldn’t win, and that he wasn’t the best player. But he showed them that he was a great player, and that he works very hard. Some people still don’t like his attitude, but now James can once again be in the discussion for the best player of all time.

Are you happy he won?

Lyra Fuchs is a 10th grader who hopes to be a writer someday. She wants to thank her brothers for teaching her about basketball. 

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