June 22, 2012 BY John Kim
The LeBron James saga might have seen one too many ups and downs over the course of his career, but Volume I officially came to a close tonight after nine long season on a joyous happily-ever-after ending. LeBron James finally caught up with what had eluded him his entire career – a Championship trophy that would be the indisputable defining achievement for any professional sports athlete, but will the scrutiny, criticism, and hate come to a halt? Probably not, but what should come to end are the doubts of LeBron’s true elite status as one of the NBA’s greatest players in history. He scored, rebounded, passed, and defended on the level of NBA Champions of the past, and now he’s got a piece of blinged-out hardware waiting for him when the Miami Heat unveil their ’11-’12 NBA Champions banner at the opening of next season. Nike Basketball congratulates its top-flight athlete with The Ring Maker, resonating the ‘third time’s a charm’ proverb, but the wait was definitely worth it. Will LeBron James and the Heat repeat, or perhaps three-peat as NBA Champions, or will Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder, who seem to improve every season by one round in the Playoffs, spoil that encore? Check out Nike Basketball: The Ring Maker below and stay tuned to Sneaker News for a full recap of Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Finals.