The basketball gods have been very kind to LeBron James in the past year, and the Miami Heat forward seems confident heading into the 2012/13 NBA season.
LeBron led the Heat to their second NBA title in franchise history during the 2012 Finals, and he followed that up by leading Team USA to a gold medal during the Summer Olympics.
Many criticized LeBron for his decision to take his talents to South Beach, but it was clearly one of the best moves the Ohio native has made during his career, making it all the way to the NBA Finals in his first two seasons with the Heat.
James' multiple clutch performances during the 2012 Playoffs proved once and for all he is indeed one of the greatest players in NBA history, and many basketball fans now recognize him as the best player in the league right now.
LeBron seems hungry heading into the 2012/13 NBA season, and he won't be satisfied with anything less than a second title.
"I'm not satisfied with my career or what I've done so far," LeBron said during a media session. "I've accomplished a lot of things, a lot of goals, but I'm not satisfied with that. … I don't think about what the other greats have done. I know the history of the game, I know what's been accomplished in this league throughout the years, but I'm my own man and I have to make my own mark."
The Heat picked up Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis during the offseason, and they'll need all the extra help they can get in their quest to repeat. The Heat shouldn't have any problems dominating their Eastern Conference counterparts next season, but they'll get some stiff opposition from the west.
The Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs have retained most of their talent, and the Los Angeles Lakers have turned themselves into title contenders by adding Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to their lineup.
Miami's road to a second consecutive NBA title certainly won't be easy, but they do have all tools needed to get the job done.
Ethan J. Skolnick, "Miami Heat Media Day 2012: The title defense begins"
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