View Photo Gallery: The Miami Heat defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 to capture the best-of-seven championship series four games to one.

The sun came up today on a bright, shiny new world, a world with romping kittens and frolicking puppies and bakery smells carried by cool, gentle breezes.

LeBron James is a champion, an NBA champion, and the stuff that generated so much ridicule and loathing is in the past. It’s so distant that James, after the Miami Heat won the NBA championship, could dance and rap with LMFAO (watch the video here) at LIV at the Fountainebleau Hotel (photos here) with teammates all night long while wearing the most LeBron thing ever — a shirt with a picture of LeBron as a vampire — without being mocked.

All that self-dubbed King James and “taking my talents to South Beach” and “what should I do?” and the “not one, not two, not three, not four ...” championships stuff? Meh. Only the New York Post, with its “1 Down, 7 to Go” back page, is holding onto the past.

“It was a journey for myself,” James, who took time to tweet a note and video to his fans, said (via Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnaroski). “I don't want to compare it to any other player. Everything that went with me being a high school prodigy when I was 16 and on the cover of Sports Illustrated to being drafted and having to be the face of a franchise; everything that came with it. I had to deal with it, and I had to learn through it.

“No one had [gone] through that journey, so I had to learn on my own. Everything that came with it, I had to basically figure it out on my own. ...

“I'm a champion, and I did it the right way. I didn't shortcut anything.”

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