Yes - all hail the KING! Like the prodigal son, Lebron James has decided to return his talents home to Cleveland. James spent his first seven NBA seasons with his home state team and while there, the Cavaliers team was perhaps the most popular team in the league. By all accounts, things went down hill fast for Cleveland after the King's departure to South Beach (Miami), but now there is justice. Long gone are the images of angry Cavs fans burning James' jerseys in the streets. Forget about the threats to his life and limbs. Today is indeed a time to bury the hatchett.
James' return to the Cavs is a remarkable outcome considering the way in which it ended the last time in Cleveland. James announced on live TV that he was divorcing the love of his life for another. The goal was to quench his thirst for that which all great athletes yearn to have - a championship. After getting close in Cleveland, he decided to join his friend Dwayne Wade, with Chris Bosh, to seek that elusive trophy with the Miami Heat. With James, the most dominant force in sports, the Heat advanced to four NBA finals and won two of them. However, the 2014 finals exposed weaknesses on that team that James realized cannot be overcome due to several factors; including the fact that they were exposed and exploited by the San Antonio Spurs; James knew the jig was up.
Cleveland is a winner again. They have won their hero back. However it ended last time around, they have been able to convince the King to return to his original throne and kingdom. No doubt James has matured in his four years away from home. No longer does he feel the need to prove anything to anybody. Where he once moved with his head, now the heart has taking control of the man and clearly both mind and soul said "go home young man - go home!"
James explained his reasoning for the move to Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins:
"My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball, I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now."
"I’m not having a press conference or a party. After this, it’s time to get to work,"
"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."
Well done King -- well done!!!