NBA Feet: 2012 Finals Game 5 Recap
Has there been a pro athlete in history that has been under the watchful eye of the public and his peers more than LeBron James has? Since Day 1, the entire NBA was going after the bulls-eye that was placed on his back; opposing coaches were doubting him, sports reporters spewed unbridled hate, and it seemed the world preferred to see this High School man-child wilt in the spotlight rather than spawn a next-gen legend that would eventually rival the ranks of the Jordans, Birds, and Magics. There was no middle-ground with LeBron, so when he re-routed his career in mid-2010 in a trajectory straight toward an NBA title rather than play the role of home-town hero in Cleveland, the balance was shifted heavily toward the side of detractors. LeBron’s desire to win was unfairly misconstrued as taking the ‘easy way out’, and last year, it seemed like more celebrated Miami’s loss than they did Dallas’ win.
LeBron, Wade, and Bosh adopted a different approach to the ’11-’12 NBA Season. Gone was the ‘we got this’ swagger and in came the disciplined game-plan in which Wade and Bosh conceded to LeBron by playing the positions of side-kick and max-contract role-player; although the Heat did run into some trouble in the Playoffs, they appeared to evolve and adjust rather quickly, winning the Conference Semi-Finals, Conference Finals, and NBA Finals in come-from-behind fashion (they were trailing in all three match-ups). LeBron sported a stoic and grimacing demeanor not often seen prior to this year, but he was all smiles when the white and red confetti poured down from the sky and he immediately reminded us why he’s worthy of being an NBA Champion in a post-game interview by stating “I made a difficult decision to leave Cleveland, but I understood what my future was about…that coming to Miami and being a part of this organization – I knew we had a bright future. This is a dream come true for me.”
So what happens now that LeBron James is an NBA Champion? You can count on critics clamoring for an *asterisk like Phil Jackson did in ’99 (in regards to San Antonio’s Championship in the shortened ’99 Season), or on fans blaming the officiating, but what’s done is done – hate it or love it, the King HAS a ring. LeBron, who already dominates the footwear game, will see his sky-high stock rise to new heights, Dwyane Wade will bask in the glory of being a multiple winner, and don’t forget Fab Five legend and 18-year veteran Juwan Howard, who can finally retire with some sort of Championship hardware. The Oklahoma City Thunder don’t have much to worry about either; they close out their season by giving the Thunder its first ever NBA Finals appearance, and it looks like KD and LeBron’s offseason workouts last Summer paid dividends – so don’t be surprised if the two meet again next June. It’s been a great run, so thanks for following Sneaker News on our NBA Feet journey this season and check out Game 5 below! Photos: yahoo
FYI, Lebron was wearing a Jordan Brand headband for game 5, and most likely the whole post season. Watch the game 5 micro movie on nba.com
kd will be back and would probably win multiple championships but its lebron's and the heat's time now.question is with the new cba,would okc still have their core(harden,ibaka,perk etc.) intact.nice 9 elites btw.
What was Lebron sposed to do, sit at Cleveland by himself for ANOTHER 7 years, and never get a championship? He was a ONE-man team, singlehandedly taking them to the finals a number of times, best team regular season, all on his own back. And look at the reaction Cleveland boss and fans gave him after he left, what a douche the owner was, no wonder they could never get him ANY HELP whatsoever. They were incompetent fools. So he left to go play with his best friend, who happens to be good. Do it together. So he became a TWO man team. Thats still no where near as good a team as Michael Jordan had with the Bulls. Heat got all these old guys in their 12th and 18th season winning their FIRST championship for gods sake. Can you imagine if Lebron had Pippen, Longley, Rodman, Grant, etc. all by his side? He wouldnt have to try HALF as hard. Jordan had it easy. Lebron is a better all rounder. But yeah, he just did the change wrong, parading his ego like a nob, and sounds like a bit of a douche personality wise. But he the G.O.A.T.... no doubting it.
Yea buddy well deserve to lebron came back from last years defeat and played like a beast congrants to lebron
must have been real tough winning that ring with 3 of the top 20 players in the league. EASY WAY OUT!!!
The only people who agree and are happy with LeBron winning this championship are people who have never played sports before. How can you praise a man for taking the easy way out after being on the best team 2 season straight (2008-2010). As a real sports fan I just cant respect it.
Let me b the first to say ... everybody will remember the lebron 9 elites as the the shoes lebron won his first ring with... I'm gonna go buy sum so wen they retro ill have the OGs lol
I would like to remind everyone that there our some others out there with no ring that are great players ad hall of famers.
Now all the dickriders who said they wouldn't buy Lebrons because he hasn't got a ring will be flocking to Footlocker to drop their Benjamins on his ugly sneakers. Everybody loves a champion, a fan when things go smoothly. I never liked Lebron, and his shoes are rubbish. But I'm sure a flood of his new overnight fans will be cleaning out Footlockers for weeks to come of their stock of Lebron merchandise. Losers.
Y does it look like that lady is kissing Bill Russel in that last pic on page one? Job well done Heat.Great team effort.
Ron Harper was an NBA 1st team all rookie and finished 2nd in rookie of the year voting. How was he a nobody......this guy man this guy. Also keep in mind the team went to the conference finals with Kerr and Harper and neither one of them were yet to play with Jordan due to his 1st retirement.
Rodman won 2 defensive player of the year awards before Chicago not 1 but 2. Next time before you preach get ur gospel right.
DID U GET DAT BEEBOT? U JUST GOT SCHOOLED NASTY LOL! C U HAD TO BE LIVING DURING JORDANS TIME N DEN I NO U WOULDNT OF MADE SUCH STUPID COMMENT. GET UR HISTORY STRAIGHT. IDIOT
Its hard to say they took da easy way out when they were down in all series except da knick series... Boston fa 7 games & gettin nothin but bad press since they lost da finals last yr... da cave were not gettin better. Lost in da finals 07 in a sweep, east conf finals in 08 & 09, eastern semi's in 2010... so he had to leave Cleveland so he could get his ring... and wat does sports have to do wit anythin. I played bball & football all thru til I graduated frum college & I'm extremely happy fa lebron. He deserves it.. he's da best player in da league & has paid his dues. U don't have to respect lebron da man, but u have to respect him as a Hooper & now u have to respect him as a champion. Case closed
Looks like sum1 can't afford a pair of elites... and/or he stood in line fa hrs fa da south beaches & couldn't get a pair...
LOL for you and Mr. Shuttlesworth yall are straight fools ....Jordan had already won 3 championship before Steve Kerr, Denis Rodman, and Ron Harper even step foot in a Bulls jersey ....yalll act they played with him his entire career...Jordan had already had success before they came.
DONT GET MAD HOMIE JUST CUZ HE IS TELLIN DA TRUTH. HE COULNT DO IT IN CLEVELAND SO HE HAD TO RUN LIKE A COWARD TO ANOTHER TEAM FOR HELP! MJ N KOBE WOULD OF NEVER DONE THAT.
You don't have to respect anybody you don't want to. You can't control what people think of each other, you dolt.
Young idiot, not only could I afford these shoes. I could double up, if I wanted. But I've had Lebrons on my feet, and I'd rather wear Chucks. Lebron's shoes are wack, and so is he. You are too, for that matter.
Only a lebron dicksucker would make a comment like dis. I'm pretty sure he can afford dem . He just doesn't spend his money on over priced garbage, which lebrons shoes are. so next time think bout wat u comment cuz it seems like it to me u know dis person really well to write wat u wrote. SMH.
Oh right cuz this dumb f**k knows that Jordan did It all By himself right? Umm no. Just like Jordan needed Pippen lebron is allowed to use Wade. Stop hating. This man finally won a ring and all u haters STILL hating.
who the f*ck you comparing him with? jordan has pippen, then rodman; kobe has shaq or rather shaq has kobe; then kobe had pau the guy's a champ now, you haters can't do anything about it
MAN STFU!!! Jordan and Kobe had talent around him fool. Kobe was about to leave remember he almost went to the Knicks non-basketball knowin ass nigga. He cried until he got Gasol. Jordan had all-stars around him he had no reason to leave, and LeBron had let me see Ilgauskas, West, Moe, and a bunch of other bums. You idiots don't know ball, the best players have left shitty teams to play for better organizations. Btw, Kobe wasn't the best player on his team Shaq was, who btw left Orlando to play for a better organization that spent $$$ on talent. Get your knowledge on homie, you behind the curve...
Believe me, you loser. Lebrons shoes are some of the worst signature shoes I've ever had on my feet. I wanted to like them. But they're cheap plastic crap at a premium price, and morons like you are getting duped every time you leave the store with them in hand. The crappiest Jordan retro is 10 times the shoe that any Lebron is. You're a fucking dickrider. Any shoe would be better than Lebrons. Believe that. Hop off Lebron's balls long enough to see that you're being ripped off with crap shoes, idiot. You only care because he won a championship.
If u could afford them & have them on ur feet, then u wouldn't say his shoes suck. Cuz chuck Taylor are sum of da most uncomfortable shoes every created... and it proves u can't afford any elites cuz instead of sayin sum other shoes u pick chuck taylors?...
I don't even like lebron but I still kno when a guy has paid his dues & deserves to win a ring... and u stick to us cheaply made Jordan retros & I'll spend my doe on superior matierals