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King James earns long-awaited crown

Updated: June 22, 2012, 3:04 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

As I said before the season started, this was going to be the year that the Miami Heat and LeBron James would stand tall with the gold trophy.

Mission accomplished.

It was not easy, but King James and the Heat finished the job off in five games. He got the monkey off his back and got to the winner's circle.

LeBron was super-motivated, playing with a chip on his shoulder from the get-go. He clearly learned from last season's disappointing loss in the Finals ...

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