Crowned king owns his throne

Originally Published: June 26, 2012
ESPN

After nine long years, the King finally has his crown.

LeBron James led the Miami Heat to the 2012 NBA title, the second for the franchise, but the first for James, who joined Miami in 2010 after seven years in Cleveland. James answered his critics with a strong performance throughout the playoffs, and ended the clutch debate once and for all with a triple-double to close out the Thunder in Game 5.

But James wasn't the only larger-than-life superstar coming up big this week. Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the biggest names in soccer, scored the only goal in Portugal's 1-0 win over the Czech Republic, vaulting Portugal into the semis at Euro 2012. And yet, neither James nor Ronaldo may be able to claim the title of "best athlete in the world" after Ashton Eaton's record-breaking decathlon performance.

That's what our panel decided, but what do you think? Let your voice be heard in the comments, and if you impress the panel, you could be chosen as a guest ranker for next week.

2012 Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel: Sara Walsh, John Buccigross, Robert Flores, Michael Smith, Bram Weinstein, Mike Hill, Jorge Andres, Charissa Thompson, DJ Gallo, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Jeff MacGregor and Steve Weissman.

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