NBA: Welcome Home King James
The LeBron James announcement Friday morning marks not only one of the most historic moments in basketball history, but perhaps, in the history of American sports.
This time, ‘The Decision’ lacked the glitz the now 29-year-old provided the world the last time he changed jerseys. No TV show. No press conference. No promises of rings to be had. Instead, a simple, articulate, thoughtful essay given to SI.com. LeBron finally put out to the world what everyone had wanted answers to all of these past four years.
The decision clearly was thought out and heartfelt. James cathartically touched on every topic he had been criticized for over the past four seasons. From leaving Cleveland, to discussing why it was time; to return home.
“My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.”
LeBron is the face of Cleveland, Ohio. Whether people like it or not, it is the truth. Johnny Manziel and Josh Gordon draw a small percentage of Ohio’s interest when it comes to comparing the topics. Neither of these Texas gentlemen are blue-collar products of Northeast Ohio. Nor, other than for apparent personal profit, do they appear to care.
When LeBron left, it hurt the city. More than just feelings were hurt between the fan base and LeBron. Dan Gilbert’s infamous letter stood as the symbol of the pain that common, no-name Cleveland fans felt.
Why dwell on the past? All is well. LeBron is the prodigal son now! James has earned the role as leader. And now with a young talented team he must apply his Miami experience. While not the ‘Big 3’, James isn’t coming home to a bunch of D-listers either. Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins headline a young and quick Cavaliers squad. LeBron specifically mentioned his intentions to make Kyrie a better point guard.
But wait, there will be more. The roster shuffle continues as rumors of Wiggins to the Wolves, and Cap Space Bingo continues. Will Kevin Love enter the Cavalier mix? Multiple reports have the Cavs pursuing Minnesota’s forward Kevin Love. Love has already expressed interest in joining James on his rebuilding journey. As with real love, Love doesn’t come cheap. A deal for Love would most likely mean letting go of some of the mix of Wiggins, future draft picks, Anthony Bennett, and Dion Waiters.
For now let’s all enjoy the ride along with the true Cleveland fans. As a nation of sports fans, we’re pleased to see a superstar athlete do the right thing.