It made for must-see TV, as evidenced by the 15.0 overnight rating, the highest preliminary television rating for a NBA Finals Game 6 telecast in11 years and the third highest overall rating since the games resumed broadcast on network TV more than eight seasons ago.
No matter which faction you belonged--- pro or anti LeBron and Miami--- you had to see how The King fared in perhaps his grandest hour. The early reviews have not been kind to James or the Heat, with one ESPN poll overwhelmingly suggesting (better than 60 percent at one point) that Miami lost their shot at a title as much as Dallas actually earned the right to claim the chip.
Adding to all the criticisms now being hurled Miami’s and The Big Three of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh’s ’way is the manner in which the Heat went down on their home floor. Far more than the 105-95 final score indicated, Miami at times looked as much like a punch-drunk fighter, out on his feet as much as they did arguably the most athletic trio of superstars ever assembled. “They got what they deserved,” boasted Dallas forward DeShawn Stevenson, whose long running feud with James predated these finals and culminated with him sporting a “Hey LeBron How My Dirk Taste? t-shirt at a Sunday night after party.
“They were very classless…. they acted like they had already won the championship. They made fun of us and treated us like nothing… to win it on he court they way we did feels good.”
All the personal flare-ups with Stevenson in general and the Mavs in particular were but the latest in a season of them for the Heat that began with them boasting of winning multiple titles in a star-studded introduction to the mark the free-agent arrivals of James and Bosh.
Still, don’t expect any words of regret from the Big Three, particularly James, anytime soon. As a parting shot James, who abruptly left his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers to join Miami after six seasons offered: “All the people that were rooting for me to fail… at the end of the day, tomorrow they have to wake up and have the same life they had before they woke up today. And I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things I want to do.” - Glenn Minnis