LeBron James's 9th season in the NBA ended with the Larry O'Brien trophy, the Finals MVP, a ring for his finger and most importantly a statement. It drew a line in the sand that separates his dark and immature past with a whole new future that he, the public and the media now share. It certainly felt that way for James as he said on the podium that it was "about damn time" he achieved the highest accomplishment. Developing yourself, let alone a championship team, is hard enough to do, but LeBron had it even tougher. His personal and professional life were in shatters when the final buzzer went off in game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals. All players feel terrible after defeat in the finals and it's something only time can heal. But for LeBron, again, it was bigger. All of his hometown fans in Ohio had been burning his jerseys, even the Cleveland Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert wrote a hate filled letter directed at LeBron saying the Cavs would win a championship before him. Shortly after that failed finals attempt LeBron cut himself off from society. There was a 2-3 week period where he has admitted all he did was stay at home and watch TV. This was the start of his mission to find himself. He went back to the basics, changing the origins of how he wanted to play the game. To often was LeBron playing the game with aggression that was out of control, costing his team. The Heat roster was there to support LeBron and LeBron was there to support them. A group of guys just as tight as any other team in the league. While there was a large drop off in salaries between them they still played with and respected each other. By the time the 2011-2012 season started on Christmas Day LeBron had done the majority of the work. He had a new approach to the season, one that made the experience a more memorable one compared to previous years. His team made the polishing touches and LeBron finally became a man ready to win a championship. Although People still doubted them. In the Semi and Conference Finals they endured high pressure situations, being down 2-1 against the Indiana Pacers and going all the way to a game 7 with the Boston Celtics. There were even calls to break up 'the big 3' this offseason. The trophy however will now reside in Miami for at least one year and there is now no limit as to how much longer it will stay there. Watch for the ESPN analysts to have Miami as their favourites heading into next season. LeBron James has shifted his legacy and shaped it in a positive way going forward, there is new found respect for him all over the league. He has certainly changed my view on him as an NBA superstar. Realising almost 2 years ago now that this Miami team had championships ahead of them after the joining of LeBron, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, it didn't seem as agonisingly hard to see them win. After all, LeBron (and the rest of that team) deserves it.