His departure from Cleveland 6-years ago was forgiven by most Cavaliers fans after his return in 2014. Now with the a Championship trophy in hand, all is forgotten.
Lebron James led the NBA Finals in all five major statistical categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks – the first player in NBA Finals history to accomplish that feat.
|Lebron James – 2016 NBA Finals Per Game Averages|
Yet, years from now, when describing what Lebron James accomplished, those who watched this series aren’t likely to focus on the 41-points he scored in games 5 and 6, or even the historic triple-double he posted in Game 7. What they will talk about is the way in which he put the team on his back and led his teammates to victory.
The lasting memory will be of his block of Andre Iguodola’s lay-up with 1:50 left with the game tied — a play that was all about hustle as Lebron sprinted from one end of the court to the other, to prevent the go-ahead basket.
It will be his leadership, dedication and will to win. His refusal to allow the Cavs to doubt themselves, down 3-games-to-1. The way he brought out the best in his teammates.
The legacy of Lebron’s path to the 2016 NBA Title isn’t the incredible physical talent that he used to the fullest. It is the way he maximized character traits each of us controls. The qualities separate from talent that make the difference in sports and life. The focus, grit, determination and inner drive that willed the Cavaliers to victory.
What a great way to be remembered.
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Chuck Wilson is an award-winning host, interviewer, and commentator. He was an original host on ESPN Radio and was with the network for close to 17-years. In 2007, Wilson was named one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America by the Institute for International Sport. He is the founder of Even Field.