Forget 'The Decision.' Disregard Ray Allen's legacy-saving three-point shot. Toss out the two Finals MVPs James won in Miami.
Discard everything that happened in the career of LeBron James, up to Sunday, June 19th.
On February 18, 2002, Sports Illustrated called Lebron James "The Chosen One."
On Sunday, June 19th, 2016, LeBron James led the Cleveland cavaliers to their first NBA championship.
The Cavaliers led by one point after one quarter. The Warriors led by seven at halftime, and by one after three quarters.
Every time the Warriors started to pull away, the Cavaliers tossed a lasso to keep them within reach.
When the Warriors took an eight-point lead early in the third quarter, J.R. Smith rattled off a pair of three-pointers and Kyrie Irving slipped in a layup to tie the game at 54 points apiece.
After waiting six games for a close game, wire to wire, we finally had one.
When I realized there was going to be a seventh game on this Sunday, a day I had signed up to write about sports, I decided I would try my best to play the objective sports observer and give you the straight up facts and observations from tonight.
But as a LeBron James fan, and an associate Cavaliers fan, that is not possible.
I clapped all night long as LeBron made shots, missed shots, and turned the ball over a little more than I preferred.
I paced my girlfriend's backyard as they missed shots, and made shots, and did things I never believed they could do.
And when those final Warriors shots flew errant past the hoop, and LeBron James fell to the floor, I walked back past the basil plant and the fern in the ground and threw my hands up in exaltation.
LeBron has cemented his legacy in the annals of the National Basketball Association. He has asserted himself as one, at the absolute worst, five best players to ever play basketball, by scoring 109 points in the final three games of the most trying season of his career to win the first championship for his hometown.
This was a series full of players trying to define their respective legacies.
Stephen Curry wanted a second trophy, which would have made it hard to call this two-year stretch anything other than one of the best in history.
Kyrie Irving, who struggled in the first few games of the series and had to fend off criticisms of his game, was fighting for the respect allotted to a second-in-command.
And, of course, LeBron was attempting to push his way to one of the most dramatic championships in the history of professional American sports.
In the end, he did it.
He succeeded, in the face of everything.
And now, we have nothing to do but to cheer, pay our respects, and see what's next for one of the best basketball players the world has ever known.