Exciting news for basketball fans in Fresno today as four-time NBA MVP LeBron James has finally announced that he will be returning to his original team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, following a four-year career playing for the Miami Heat.
In his interview, revealed in the pages of Sports Illustrated, James was quoted:
"When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn't had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what's most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.
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."
In the interview, James goes on to say that he is not promising a championship this, year, though he certainly wants to win. He acknowledges that they have a long way to go to build up a winning team with the Cavaliers, sighting teammate Kyrie Irving as someone he can help become one of the best point guards in our league. He also thinks he can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters as well, and looks forward to reuniting with former teammate Anderson Varejao.
After two weeks of speculation, this will surely be a disappointment for Miami Heat fans, but also an exciting time for Cleveland fans, as one to the most popular and successful players in the game begins another chapter in his career.
As James says to close out his interview:
"In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.
I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home."