Miami Heat: The difference a year makes

Last night, LeBron James won his elusive NBA championship.

After almost two years of constant talk about how his departure from Cleveland was either this or that, the superstar finally got what he came to Miami for: a ring.

His postgame comments at the podium show how much he has matured since experiencing last season’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

“I was very immature. I played to prove people wrong instead of just playing my game, instead of just going out and having fun and playing a game that I grew up loving and why I fell in love with the game. One thing that I learned, and someone taught me this, the greatest teacher you can have in life is experience. I’ve experienced some things in my long but short career, and I’m able to make it better of myself throughout these playoffs and throughout this whole year, and that’s on and off the court.”

To validate what he said in regards to having fun playing a game, I provide two photos I took at the introductory video shoot during Fall 2010.   

Clearly, he, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh didn’t quite take into account how much pressure — very much so unprecedented — they would receive from the media and fans. 

Stressed LeBron // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Trying to reassure everyone he’s OK // Photo by Christina De Nicola

Below, I decided to post two random photos I stumbled across that I find neat. The first one seems quite ordinary: Wade shooting a free throw. But then you look closely at the top part of the frame and see rappers Drake and Lil’ Wayne — regulars courtside — giggling about something.

 

You only live once, it’s the motto // Photo by Christina De Nicola

This next one is just a cool shot of the fans celebrating during last year’s Celtics-Heat series. I really like how the silhouette frames the bottom of the photo.

Heat fans cheer on the team against the Celtics during last year’s playoffs // Photo by Christina De Nicola
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