When LeBron James decided to take his talents to South Beach, his critics tried to paint him as an underachiever who would never realize his full potential.
Despite the hostilities LeBron and the Miami Heat had to endure, "King James" put his doubters to shame during the 2012 NBA postseason, delivering multiple clutch performances on his way to his first NBA championship and Finals MVP award. During the summer, he led Team USA to a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics.
At this point, it's safe to say LeBron's decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers was the right move for his career.
As good as LeBron is right now, there's still room for improvement in his game. His teammate Dwyane Wade certainly thinks so, and he shared his thoughts during a recent interview with ESPNChicago.com.
"The sky's the limit," Wade said. "He's been very good. He has three MVPs. I don't know statistically how much more he can do, but I think just his dominance of a game and starting to really understand everything about the game now. It's starting to all come together. That's the scary part. … He's not afraid to say, 'Listen, let's go work out in the gym together. Let's make each other better.' It's a good thing."
It's comments like these from LeBron's teammates, that make me feel pretty good about the Heat's chances of becoming the next great dynasty in the NBA.
Unlike other NBA superstars that have played over the years, LeBron has always been highly committed to getting his teammates involved, and his willingness to share the ball has a lot to do with the Heat's success in the past two years. James' free-throw and perimeter shooting still needs a little work, but he's already the most complete player in the NBA.
As long as LeBron continues to evolve as a basketball player, the sky is truly the limit for him. I know it's still a little early, but there's a very good chance LeBron will be known as the greatest player to ever play in the NBA when it's all said and done.
Nick Friedell, "Dwyane Wade: LeBron can get better"
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