So it happened after four years of joining forces with Chris Bosh and friend Dwayne Wade in Miami to build a basketball mega team that saw them take two championships in 2012 and 2013. Lebron made it clear in an amazing SI Article that had a personal letter in which why Lebron chose home instead of luxurious Miami Beach. He felt like he had an unfinished job to do for a city that just wants to win again, to be able to say confidently that they are no longer an afterthought and for the first time in a long time can compete for a first NBA Title. Something that Lebron feels he and the Cavs need to win not for him but for the city he was born and raised in. Before Bron left for the Beaches, The Cavs were a dominant regular season force who, unfortunately, could not get over the extremely high play-off expectations. Falling time and time again with the closest Lebron came to a title against the Spurs. Ironically the same team that defeated Lebron and the Heat just this past season.
What was once anger and feeling of betrayal in the city of Cleveland towards Lebron when he left in 2010 turned into relief, happiness and hope. Which is something that city with all its culture of losing and bad luck saw their city hero and captain decided it was time to finish business and owe the fans and the city back. Lebron still would have left to join Wade and Bosh in Miami-as pointed out in the SI article- but just in a different way, no parties no stupid multiple titles claim and no stupid tv show. He grew up and now knows the kind of backlash that has on a city. He has had his fun in college and now has returned home for work. Lebron admitted this might take some time to take a basement team into title contention and potential winners but he has young talent in Wiggins,Thompson and Anthony Bennet and rising point guard Kyrie Irving there is more promise for this team than there was with the old and dwindling Miami Heat. Maybe that was it, maybe Lebron knew that the surrounding roster minus Wade and Bosh were old and had father time creeping up on them. Or, maybe it was just the right thing to do.
I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there. I just didn’t know when. After the season, free agency wasn’t even a thought. But I have two boys and my wife, Savannah, is pregnant with a girl. I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown. I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.
I remember the first ever basketball jersey I ever got. An Allen Iverson home Sixers jersey that I would wear constantly, that got me into Allen Iverson and he was amazing, but as soon as I got that Lebron Cavs 23 jersey that got me into basketball. Lebron was just different an offensive talent with the athleticism unlike maybe I ever seen. He was playing for the Cavaliers a small town small team who was looking for a new direction, to find that guy that can lead them and they did. But when Lebron left the Cavs I understood why but it still kind of hurt inside. I always appreciated the Cavs and yes some might say “because lebron right” yes excatly, because one of the youngest and greatest players to play the game got me to appreciate that team from guys like Lebron to Ricky Davis, Darius Miles, Big Z and hell even Eric Snow. For a hard team to watch before and a little after lebron came over it was fun and now he returns with a fun and more talented group than when he first arrived and when he first left the Cavs back in 2010.
But this is not about the roster or the organization. I feel my calling here goes above basketball. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from. I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there’s no better place to grow up. Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business. That would make me smile. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get.
This is probably my favourite quote from the SI interview. For a sport that could be very selfish Lebron acted very unselfishly there. Lebron easily could have said no to the Cavs and headed back to Miami to re-unite the big four , but Lebron is not a kid any more he knows how many lives in Cleveland he impacts and inspires from kids to adults he is such an important figure for that city and he wants to reward them and the franchise with a title. We don’t know how many or when that will happen, but Lebron has a mission and after what happened yesterday, step one of a long and hopefully promising mission began. This is going to sound weird coming from a guy who frankly never has been to Ohio or even Cleveland for that matter but welcome home Lebron, It’s been a while.