I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.
In a very emotional first person essay on SI.com, Lebron James announces that he will be returning to his home town to play with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The rumor talk is over and all the speculation can be put aside because the king has chosen. This decision goes beyond the greatest basketball player on Earth choosing a team to play for, this is the beginning of the reawakening of a city and restoring hope to a city that means so much to Lebron.
The painful and disrespectful announcement four years ago stirred up emotions and as a city wept, Lebron went to South Beach. Jerseys were burned as their hometown hero left for bigger and better things. Dan Gilbert’s letter was to raise the spirits of those fans who lost all hope. Ironically that same letter almost kept their hero from ever coming back. Lebron says “I’ve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We’ve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?”
My 8-year-old: “Daddy, does this mean I can finally wear my Lebron jersey, again?”…Yes it does, son. Yes it does!
— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) July 11, 2014
Lebron went on to build the “Big 3” with Wade and Bosh in Miami and win not one but two championships. He says that the hardest thing to do is leave something that he created and built. He says that twice in his essay, one when he left to go to Miami and again when he leaves his team that he engineered to win in Miami.
The thought that Lebron is going to be joining a team with Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins and with two first round draft pick in the future draft will make any sports fan drool. It will be a spectacular show.
He says this decision goes beyond basketball, it is that he grew up in Cleveland, he loved his city and he wanted his children to grow up there and learn that “In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.”