bill-swift - June 23, 2012
Shocked? Could there have really been any other choice? Had the brilliant minds that decide these matters chosen anyone else his image probably would have been reshaped somewhat. Instead of being the incredibly talented villain he would have been the incredibly talented cheated villain.
If there is anything that we like more than hating guys like LeBron James, it's crying foul when "the Man" does not recognize and reward the right people.
Regardless of what you think of the guy you can't help but admit that he was the Miami Heat during the entire post season run, not just the Finals. Had he not carried the team until Dwyane Wade woke up, the Indiana Pacers would have been playing Boston in the Conference Finals, and the Thunder would be celebrating a sweep of the Celtics right now.
He could not have asked for a better stat line in a series clinching game either. The man led the team in scoring with 26 points, helped get everyone else involved with 13 assists, and attacked the boards pulling down 11 rebounds (yes, that's my colorful way of saying he had a triple-double).
You name it, he did it during the Finals. He scored, he rebounded, he got the rest of the team involved, not to mention being a big part of the stellar defense that confused and befuddled (yes, I said befuddled) the young Oklahoma City Thunder.
There could not have been a player more deserving of the honor.
(Do you think he's happy?)