Humbled -- and the butt of jokes -- James looked within and without to find the answers. He made a conscious decision to shoot fewer 3s and worked with Hakeem Olajuwon to improve in the post, a place where he despised playing over the first eight years of his career.
Obviously, the answers came. Last season, James put together one of the most productive and awe-inspiring runs in recent memory, winning his third regular-season MVP award, his first NBA title and the NBA Finals MVP -- all before topping it off with terrific play in leading Team USA to an Olympic gold medal.
Now, the inevitable question: Has LeBron James "the champion" finally arrived, or has LeBron James merely saved face? And has he possibly reached his peak?