The Olympics Belonged to LeBron James?
And, finally, full bloom for LeBron James on Sunday. Finally, the full realization of his prodigious talent and intelligence, the manifestation of the superstar completely controlling a collection of superstars, reaching higher and higher to his global apex.
This was LeBron James’ game and LeBron James’ Games.
“LeBron James is a different player and a different person than he was in ’06,” (Jerry) Colangelo said in a private moment after the United States’ 107-100 gold medal victory. “And I say that with exclamation marks. He’s matured incredibly as a person, player and leader.”
So here comes LeBron James with his gold-medal moment within these Olympics – within a basketball year that belong to James, the way it hasn’t belonged to a player since Michael Jordan in 1992 – leaving the bench with four fouls in the fourth quarter, with Spain closed within six points. James grabbed the ball at the top of the circle, pushed past the Spain’s defenders, past the free-throw line and leapt into the air, holding that ball and the sport higher and higher until it was just James and a thunderous dunk to re-declare the gulf between him and everyone else.