LeBron James wants to stay on top of the NBA.
The difference between players that win one championship and those who win multiple is indescribable. James realizes that although he has received such a massive amount of praise for the one he has, his throne is still very close to players like Kevin Durant and draft-mate Carmelo Anthony.
When the New York Knicks went to South Beach and buried the Miami Heat without Anthony playing it showed that the Heat are not guaranteed a second title and James needs to earn ring two before Anthony or Durant win their first ring.
James is aware that both players are coming for his shine and the same glory he has received this past year. And that was the motivating factor when James went through an extensive postgame workout Thursday night. James had a blunt response to the way the Knicks blew out the Heat.
“They kicked our a**,” James said after the game. “ We’ve got work to do. We can’t act like, OK, let’s just sweep this under the rug. We’ve got a lot of work to do. New York is a real team, they’ve got some real good players, and we understand that. I’ve got to be better.”
James is in panic mode after the Heat lost to the Knicks and he is aware that Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder are only getting better. In the Sports Illustrated issue celebrating James as its Sportsman of the Year, James made another statement.
“I know there is someone, somewhere, trying to take my spot,” James said.“And I know where he is, too. He’s in Oklahoma.”
James understands that he succeeds only when the Heat as a team succeeds and seems determined to make sure the team succeeds in December and in June.