There were a lot of talk during the start of the NBA finals of how the Oklahoma City Thunder will run roughshod over the Miami Heat. That OKC's bench outmatches the Heat's. How the somewhat younger legs of Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook will outlast that Lebron, Dwyane and Bosh. How Scott Brooks will outcoach Spoelstra. They said the Thunder are gonna beat the heck out of the Heat because it has beaten 3 former champions in the Mavericks, Lakers and the Spurs, while the Heat only beat the Knicks, the Pacers and the aging Boston Celtics. If we're to follow their logic, it might be true. But then again, those were opinions. Opinions that have come from those who hate the Heat. Yep, that's right. They were from haters.
And so the championship started. The Heat lost 105 - 94 in game 1. Many fans rejoiced. They enjoyed seeing the Heat lost. They felt like KD was gonna outplay Lebron the whole series, that Miami's version of the Big 3 will be disbanded come the off-season. They said Lebron was gonna "choke" again and that Durant is clearly the better player. Westbrook they said was phenomenal, and he was, and the Thunder's bench simply is more productive. But lo and behold, came game 2. The Heat won by 4, 100 - 96. Many were claiming the refs were bailing the Heat out. Same thing happens on game 3. Conspiracy theorists started theorizing that David Stern and the refs were hell bent on "giving the Heat the championship. But then came game 4. The Heat outplayed the Thunder. Lebron was finally "clutch" in the eyes of many and Westbrook, though phenomenal, became a selfish player, out-attempting the league's scoring leader in Durant. People said they the Thunder will come back, win game 5 and shift the momentum to their side.
Then game 5 happened. Lebron started with a dunk and the rest as they say, was history. Miami's maligned bench finally showed up. Mike Miller, who's been pretty much absent the rest of the playoffs, finally showed up hitting 7 treys. Shane Battier did his thing. Chris Bosh found his groove. D-Wade was D-Wade again. Chalmers was good, too, but he's shown some signs of immaturity along the way. And of course, Lebron James. On a closeout, Lebron performed magnanimously, showcasing a triple double. The guy proved to the world who he really was and that he's got the genes of a champion inside of him. Lebron was focused. He wasn't the same as last year where he basically disappeared from our every eyes ala-Houdini. This year, he dominated. This year he performed. This year, he was crowned a "King".
A lot also has been said against Erik Spoelstra. But he proved them all wrong. He was the perfect choice. He's a young coach with almost the same brains as Riley. He totally outcoached Scott Brooks.
Finally, the Heat won. They are the 2012 NBA Champions. This is pretty special. Because they proved that even though the league has a pretty screwed-up schedule because of the lockout, with their bodies banged up like everyone else, they survived. They are the champs. I'm sure the world wouldn't mind if they party all night tonight. Let the Heat enjoy. Let the Heat bask in this moment. Like it or not, the Heat are the 2012 champions. Congrats, Heat. Congrats, Lebron. Finally, I can now say that I'm... A Witness..