King James will reclaim his throne in Ohio later this year as LeBron James officially announced his intention to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers after four seasons with the Miami Heat. In a Sports Illustrated exclusive published earlier today, the four-time NBA MVP wrote “My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.”
Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, James joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as the first overall pick during the 2003 NBA Draft. In no time, he assumed the leadership spot for the team by becoming that year’s NBA Rookie of the Year. Subsequently, James helped the Cavaliers to reach its first NBA Finals in 2007. However, it was his decision to leave the franchise in 2010 and the episode’s very acrimonious aftermath, especially with Cavaliers’ billionaire owner Dan Gilbert, that made LeBron the most hated man in Cleveland.
But James is hoping to move on. In the same Sports Illustrated piece, he wrote “The letter from Dan Gilbert, the booing of the Cleveland fans, the jerseys being burned — seeing all that was hard for them. My emotions were more mixed. It was easy to say, “OK, I don’t want to deal with these people ever again.” But then you think about the other side. What if I were a kid who looked up to an athlete, and that athlete made me want to do better in my own life, and then he left? How would I react? 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?“
No details are available yet about James’ new contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, was this a wise move on LeBron’s part? Let us know what your thoughts in the comment section below.