LeBron James has spoken, and something that seemed like merely the whispers of hope from overly optimistic fans is coming true. The King is headed back to his kingdom. LeBron is moving back to Cleveland.
It’s incredible how at the end of the season this was talked about as something that was only the remotest of possibilities, but as time went on, it became more and more real, until the final decision was announced earlier today.
Lebron wrote a letter (with the help of Lee Jenkins) that’s been published by Sports Illustrated. In it, he details his reasoning for leaving Miami. You should take the time to read the full letter, but we’ve included an excerpt below.
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.
The best part of this? We can stop listening to the rumors. Stop checking his website to see if a decision has been posted. Stop paying attention to flight announcements. Stop checking his wife’s instagram. Free agency can move on. The first domino has fallen, the rest are soon to come. The cold war of NBA free agency is now red hot.
The kicker? Cleveland holds the rights to one of Miami’s future first round draft picks. It isn’t ridiculous to think that some nifty lottery balls could lead to another solid pick coming to the Cavs courtesy of Pat Riley. It may be time for a new dynasty in Ohio.