(Photo by Of Small Things on Flickr under CC license)
LeBron James, Miami Heat
LeBron James faces the New York Knicks during NBA Playoffs. (Photo by Of Small Things on Flickr under CC license)

BY RICKY LINDSAY, Staff Reporter

The Miami Heat have been crowned NBA Champions after outlasting the Oklahoma City Thunder in an exciting 2012 NBA Finals. For the Heat, it’s their first championship under the Big 3 dynasty of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.

The drought is over for James, as this is his first championship in his iconic career. James has been the victim of criticism after failing to clinch last year’s NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.

Media and fans would often criticize James’ ability in clutch situations, with it becoming a popular joke around social media.

This postseason was different for James, who put on incredible performances on a nightly basis en route to being named the 2012 NBA Finals MVP. He has averaged 30.5 points per game, 9.7 rebounds per game, and 5.3 assists per game throughout the 2012 postseason, as well as 1.9 steals per game.

Former University of Michigan forward and “Fab Five” member Juwan Howard also won his first championship. This comes after playing for ten teams over 17 long years in the NBA.

Now that LeBron has his first championship ring, the comparisons to Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant will only occur more often. Bryant has five championships, while Jordan, heralded as the greatest basketball player of all time, has six.

With this championship under their belt, the Miami Heat appear destined to become the next dynasty of the NBA.