Instead of folding under the pressure, LeBron put up impressive numbers throughout the 2011/12 regular season, leading the Heat to the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoff bracket. His performance was enough to earn him the regular season Most Valuable Player award, but "King James" was far from done.
Given the Heat's struggles against the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls during the regular season, many didn't think they'd be able to win the east. However, the Heat cruised past the New York Knicks in the first round, and they overcame adversity against the Indiana Pacers thanks to James' impressive play. Miami found themselves in some more trouble in their next series against the Celtics, trailing 2-3 after five games, and for a moment, it looked like their season was about to come to an end.
However, LeBron carried the Heat on his shoulders, putting up some historic numbers in the process. He kept up his impressive play during the finals, securing his first NBA title and the Finals MVP award.
Without a doubt, LeBron has earned his place as one of the true greats, and he's clearly the best player in the NBA right now. Even Hall of Famer, Larry Bird, was impressed with LeBron's performance during the postseason.
"He [LeBron] actually carried them all the way through the playoffs," Bird said during an interview with ESPN. "If you go back to the beginning of the playoffs, has anyone ever had a better run? It'd seem like you'd have a bad game once in awhile. He never did have a bad game. He was so focused. You just saw his confidence build and build and build. He should go down in history as one of the top players and maybe he can get close to Michael [Jordan]."
Brian Windhorst, "Bird weighs in on LeBron and the Heat"
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