JASON WHITLOCK: LeBron Needs To Get Mean To Save Heat

Source: Jason Whitlock / Fox Sports

This NBA season started with LeBron James in a happy place, a Samsung commercial showing James tooling around Miami with his boyz looking utterly content, pleased with himself and unburdened by expectations.

King James conquered the NBA’s game of thrones. And like King Joffrey, LeBron could not contain his glee. He opened the new season flouting the goodness of his life rather than touting his resolve to conquer again.

At this moment, this best-of-7 Finals series between the Heat and the Spurs is a reminder of familiar adages that apply to happiness and expectations. 1. Happiness is a journey, not a destination; 2. Happiness is based on expectations.

Down 3-2 to the wily Spurs, facing elimination and chased back to King’s Landing in South Beach, it will be interesting to see if King James can rediscover the inner dark place that produced last year’s championship. Or are the Spurs and Popovich a duplicate of the Mavericks and Rick Carlisle, a group of unafraid, mature veterans with the right coach and proper strategy?

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