So, the Miami Heat in their current Big Three incarnation finally got that NBA title. More to the point, LeBron James, one of the most opinion-splitting players in all of basketball, got the ring that will serve to briefly mute his detractors. 

James sat down with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on Sunday Conversation to discuss the relief of defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder and what it means to him (video below). On LeBron, I will say this: over the years watching James and his public persona, he does seem to have matured and grown more humble in particular over the past year. The impact of his public shaming after The Decision and the ridicule attached to years of failing to win a title seems to have finally mellowed the ego — or at least the amount of ego that he is putting on public display. 

Watch the interview and see what you think.

Oh, and one other thing: I still find it hard to believe that he has been in the league for nine years now…

I guess after finally winning the title after all that has gone down, LeBron feels like this right about now: