Get into a personal battle with Kevin Durant
Last season was fun, watching Kevin Durant score 25 points or more in 41 straight games, all the while pissing LeBron off and getting the King to up his game. Up until that point, James had a stranglehold on the NBA’s highest individual honor — the MVP — but Durant served notice that it’s going to be a battle from here on out.
They split two individual matchups, but it was the back-n-forth that went on nightly during SportsCenter and highlight shows that really stood out. Now that KD has shown he can match ‘Bron every night of the year, it’s only going to get better from here. We’re due another Finals matchup, too.
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Win a championship
During his last few trips to the Finals, Miami and LeBron have faced some awesome Western Conference powerhouses. Dirk and Dallas, knowing it was their last shot at a ring and playing desperately because of that. OKC and KD and Westbrook, while they still had James Harden. And then San Antonio two years in a row, the most underappreciated dynasty in NBA history. But he’s also been lucky because the Eastern Conference has been straight garbage.
Now this year his main competition in the conference is a Chicago team banking on the health of Derrick Rose. Let’s just say, for argument’s sake, that Rose does return to his 2011 MVP form. Have you forgotten what happened in the playoffs that year? LeBron dominated him, taking over virtually every fourth quarter during their five-game series. With the talent he has in Cleveland, they’d have to seriously flameout not to make it back to the Finals again.
Once there, it’s a toss up, but I won’t bet against James. Sneaker collectors shouldn’t either. A championship would be a big bonus.
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LeBron James probably has a lot on his mind right now. He got smacked up in the NBA Finals. He lost the MVP award to Kevin Durant. He got called out by more than a few Miami fans. Then he came home. Then he promised to work for a championship. Then he got Kevin Love. And now he has his latest signature sneaker coming out.
The Nike LeBron 12 is shaping up to be a special shoe, between the incredibly creative colorways, the revolutionary hexagonal air bags on the outsole, and, of course, the historical aspects. This is the first year in a new life for the NBA’s king. In a way, at nearly 30, this is probably the first chapter of the final act of his career, a career that’ll go down as one of the best of all time, if not THE best. The first sneaker he’s going to wear will be the 12, automatically guaranteeing this is a shoe that’ll still be talked about years from now, and probably fetching hundreds and hundreds of dollars as retros.
Today the first scheduled colorway of the 12 will be releasing at Champs Sports. Inspired by the lion that inspired the King, the “Heart of a Lion” features a red-based upper with orange accenting, and while it’s doubtful ‘Bron wears them on the court in Cleveland, these are going to be all over the ‘gram.
I’m predicting a monster season from the King, which will only help the LeBron 12 become one of his most legendary sneakers yet. Here are 12 Things You Can Expect LeBron James to Do in the Nike LeBron 12.
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