LeBron James Going Back To The Cavaliers
James announced his decision in an essay written for SI.com. James, who won two NBA championships in his four years with the Miami Heat, spent the first seven years of his career with the Cavaliers, who drafted him first overall in the 2003 NBA Draft.
The decision ends over a week of speculation as to where James would play next season, but the announcement comes with much less backlash than his infamous televised program “The Decision” did back in 2010.
In the letter, James writes openly about his passion and love for Northeast Ohio, and how winning a championship there would mean everything to him and the city. But James said his decision to return goes beyond basketball:
Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.
Despite going to the Finals in four straight seasons with the Heat, the lure of returning home and delivering a championship to his native Ohio seemed to much for James to pass up. He’ll be joining a team with a strong young nucleus in Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and Andrew Wiggins. Whether James is able to deliver a championship to Cleveland remains to be seen, but the morale boost his return will bring to the city will go a long way to healing old wounds.