By Ron Leyba
When LeBron James came to South Beach and joined force with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, he promised to Miami Heat fans “not one, not two, not three…” championships. Up to now, the Heat has won two in a row and they are now on track for their third one. So, will LeBron James manage to earn his third championship in a row? Do he and the Miami Heat have enough to make it to the top this year?
The truth is that if there is one man capable of lifting the Miami Heat over any opponent and leading them to the NBA Championship, that’s LeBron. Due to the fact that Dwyane Wade has been experiencing health issues almost all season long and given that some role players like Shane Battier and Ray Allen are aged, LeBron will have to take over in many cases.
Up to now, The King has responded perfectly to the urgency call. LeBron was there every single time the team needed him. He does everything when on the court. No matter who the opponent is and although his team might be in a bad position some nights, LeBron is always there to take charge.
What’s significant about James and his performances over the course of the past couple of seasons and since the Heat lost in the 2011 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks, is the fact the he can now deliver in clutch situations. Earlier in his career, LeBron got mocked by fans and people around the league regarding his fourth quarter performances and his ability to play big when it was needed. With no doubt, there was a reason fans called James LeChoke. He did fail to deliver in clutch situations.
Nonetheless, following that devastating loss in the NBA Finals in 2011, LeBron changed as a player and as a man. He now seems to be more capable than ever to deliver when the team needs him to. He can really take the Heat on his shoulders, even in games that the rest of the crew is not playing well. Many times LeBron is bailing the Heat out, in several offensive but also defensive possessions.
So, in regards to this year’s championship course, the Heat Nation can stay optimistic that they will ride LeBron’s incredible performances and make it to the top once again. Miami entered the 2013 – 2014 season as the strongest favorite for the title and now, a few weeks into the postseason they continue to be one of the strongest, if not the strongest favorite. The presence of LeBron James is the No.1 reason for that.
Of course, we can’t know what will happen in the next games of the postseason. Up to now, the Heat has shown that they are truly capable of topping any opponent that stands in their way. LeBron has shown that he can, once again, lead the Heat to the ultimate success. It now remains to be seen if James and the Heat have enough to make it all the way.