2. 2011-2012 Miami Heat
The Heat were a year removed from being embarrassed by the Dallas Mavericks in The Finals, and the team took their frustrations out on Kevin Durant and the Thunder, beating OKC in five games.
This team highlighted why James left Cleveland in his infamous decision during the summer of 2010. He didn’t have to will this team to a victory. He had help.
Yes, there was Bosh and Wade, but there was also Mike Miller, who made seven 3-pointers in the Heat’s Game 5 clincher.
This team may be the most the significant of James’ Finals teams because the championship victory lifted the weight of the world off of James’ shoulders.
This Heat squad made James an NBA champion, and alleviated the pressure of “never being able to win the big one.” The confidence he gathered in Miami helped clear the way for what he was able to accomplish this season in Cleveland. He learned how to win…and four years later, this experience paid off for the Cavs.
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