The Miami Heat won a second straight NBA title Thursday night, and LeBron James, who dropped 37 points and picked up 12 boards in the deciding Game 7, won his second straight Finals MVP trophy.
In doing so, James became only the third player to twice win both the regular season and Finals MVP awards in the same season. Only Larry Bird and Michael Jordan have also accomplished that feat.
Despite Skip Bayless' "choke" mantra, despite all the jilted Cavs fans muttering curses under their collective breath, and despite virtually everyone outside Florida rooting for him to fail, James won the second of his "not two, not three, not four, not five, not six" championships.
Yet when ESPN's Doris Burke prompted James after the game to discuss all the criticism he's received over the years, he basically waved it off with a humble response about his roots.
"For me, I can't worry about what everybody says about me," he said. "I'm LeBron James, from Akron, Ohio, from the inner city. I'm not even supposed to be here."
Skip ahead to the 3:00 minute mark in the video to see that interview, or just sit through the whole thing if you're 1) a Heat fan reliving last night or 2) a grumpy Heat hater who just can't turn away.
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