LeBron James is an NBA champion—that much is now an indisputable fact. There need be no baseless criticism or pessimistic projection.

The greatest player in the league now has an NBA title to his name and a glittering ring on his finger along with a finals MVP, oh and on top of being the NBA’s MVP for the thrid time. James plowed through metric tons of criticism (and the Oklahoma City Thunder) and ultimately put together one of the most astounding playoff runs in recent memory.

It’s been a tremendous ride, and we can say without even the slightest doubt that James earned this one. He overcame Dwyane Wade's physical limitations, Chris Bosh's injury and the Heat's shortened rotation. And though LeBron practically played every minute of every playoff game in the process, he propelled the Miami Heat and the Big Three to the championship they always seemed destined to win.

The Heat began Game 5 last night in a patient fashion. But after trailing the Oklahoma City Thunder with just under five minutes remaining in the first period, Miami began pulling away in what would eventually amount to a 121-106 rout to win its second NBA title since the 2005-2006 season, four games to one.