There is something so beautiful about a homecoming. Undoubtedly, the world will be watching when NBA star LeBron James makes his first appearance back in Cleveland as a member of the Cavaliers. James left his hometown four years ago for “greener pastures” in Miami but is returning home this season.
In many ways it seems foolish for LeBron to leave Miami where he has seen much success in his four years — winning the Eastern Conference Championship all four years and also winning two NBA Titles. But depending on how you look at it, LeBron’s move can make a lot of sense.
First of all, let’s remember who we are talking about here. Truly the best basketball player in the world and easily one of the top two or three sports figures on the entire planet, at the end of the day James will do what he wants to do and (I suppose) that is good enough.
That being said, it seemed to make more sense for him to return to Miami and make another run at a title with the Big 3, but can you really blame the guy for going home? Let’s think about this for a moment, LeBron loves his home and at the end of the day he only left four years ago because he realized that the team that was in place at the time was not cut out to win a title so he made a move.
Interestingly enough, the Cavs team that he is joining today certainly isn’t the team that was there four years ago. But at this point in LeBron’s career he understands that he is simply the best player on the planet and will make any team a Championship contender — even Cleveland.
Can anyone really be upset with James for wanting to make up for what he did to his city four years ago? What a story it would be for LeBron to return to Cleveland and bring an NBA Title to that city, that’s the stuff that people write movies about. And when you think of the sports history of Cleveland it would sure mean a lot for that city to win a championship, so why not see the King return home and do it for his city?
And if you are a Heat fan it makes zero sense to hate the guy for leaving Miami. At the end of the day he brought two more NBA Titles to Miami and four straight Eastern Conference Championships, sure you might want to see him come back but can you really hate on the guy for leaving? Look at what he did for that franchise in just four years. If you want to know who a true Heat fan is just find the one who isn’t distraught over LeBron leaving, because that person will understand and respect the man.
LeBron used to be the most loved player in the game and then he became the biggest villain in all of sports for a short period of time, now he is returning home and will most likely become everyone’s favorite player again. Although there will be some who still hate him for what he has done over the years, but still, he is the King and will have his way.
Tyler Rollason is a Winder-Barrow High School graduate and mass communications major at the University of West Georgia. He writes a weekly sports column for the Barrow Journal. You can e-mail comments about this column to firstname.lastname@example.org.