Those questions are gone.
LeBron's performance over the next 3 games cemented his legacy as a top 5 player all-time. Game 5, which should go down as the LeBron/Kyrie game, was unreal. LeBron came out aggressive and desperate, finishing with 41 points, 16 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks. He literally would not let the Cavaliers lose and gave it everything.
Game 7 started off tumultuously: LeBron, again, looked passive and seemed to take a backseat to Kyrie Irving. LeBron eventually finished with a nice 27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks, but he also had 5 turnovers, shot a mere 37.5% from the field, and a horrific 20% from three. This wasn't the same LeBron that was a force in games 5 and 6. But ultimately, it was LeBron that won this championship for Cleveland.
First, he switched onto Draymond Green in the second half. In the first half, Draymond was unreal, scoring 22 points, grabbing 6 rebounds, and dishing out 5 assists while shooting 80% from the field and going 5 for 5 from three. LeBron was able to slow him down in the second half, only allowing 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists and lowering his field goal percentage to 60% while holding him to 1 for 3 from three (33%).
Second, LeBron had 11 of his 15 second half points in the fourth quarter. He put the team on his shoulders and led them like greats do. He may not have been brilliant, but he got the job done.
Third, he had a play that may be the defining play of his career and will go down as one of the greatest Finals plays ever. It will be shown with Jordan switching hands, Jordan's last shot as a Bull, Magic's baby skyhook, Julius Erving going up and under for the layup, Ray Allen's three-pointer with Miami, and other memorable plays. It was the chasedown block on Andre Iguodala which was INSANE:
We finally go to see what we were waiting for from LeBron James. He literally was "the king" of basketball over the last 3 games and finally cemented himself a top 5 player all-time. My Mount Rushmore of NBA talent has been Jordan, Kareem, Magic, and Russell and I think LeBron has leaped past Magic and Russell as third all-time. He has the rings, the accomplishments, and he has proven himself as one of the great players ever. Being the greatest is out of reach regardless of what Jay Williams might think, but he definitely has a shot at #2. He finally has done the things that even the harshest critics have been dying to see and has become the defining player of this generation. He has cemented his legacy.
Brandon Pence is the founder and former editor of the Chicago Bulls blog "The Bulls Charge." He currently contributes to ChiBullsZone.com and writes independently. You can follow him on Twitter, Google+, and Facebook