LeBron James changed the NBA landscape a decade ago following The Decision, a nationally televised program where he announced his intention to join the Miami Heat.
A free agent after spending 7 seasons with his hometown team Cleveland Cavaliers, James shocked fans from all over the world by picking the Heat among his many suitors.
The New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls were some of the other teams which tried to acquire the services of the NBA star, but James – deciding only on the same day The Decision was aired – ultimately chose to team up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for the Heat.
“I feel like it is going to give me the best opportunity to win and to win for multiple years,” James said.
“Not just to win in the regular season or just to win 5 games in a row or 3 games in a row, I want to be able to win championships and I feel I can compete down there.”
Win James did.
In just his first season with the team, James helped the Heat reach the NBA Finals, where they seized a 2-1 lead over the Dallas Mavericks only to eventually lose in 6 games.
The finals loss solidified the notion that James could not lead his team to a title, but that turned out to be just a bump in the road.
In the following season, James captured his first NBA title as the Heat dispatched the Oklahoma City Thunder – led by future NBA MVPs Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden – in just 5 games.
James won the Finals MVP honors after averaging team-highs of 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 7.4 assists to go with 1.6 steals.
“The King” went on to reach the finals for the next 6 seasons, winning another title with the Heat in 2013 and delivering the Cavaliers their first championship in 2016 following his momentous return to the franchise. – Rappler.com