When LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers three years ago this summer, he very quickly went from one of the most beloved players in the game to the most hated. “The Decision,” as the world came to know it, left Cleveland fans disheartened, discouraged and disappointed.
When James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade got together in the summer of 2010, it was for one reason: to win championships. Now that three years have passed and they have brought two rings to the city of Miami, the question is, where do they go from here?
With the recent acquisition of Andrew Bynum, and with a superstar of the future like Kyrie Irving, Cleveland no longer seems like the disaster zone that it once was when LeBron departed. Since “King James” left, the Cavs went from having the best record in the NBA to the worst. But three years later, it looks as though they may be putting the pieces together to welcome back James. My only concern would be how the Cavs faithful will respond to James’ return. We all remember his first trip back to Quicken Loans Arena to which his name was announced to a deafening sound of boos.
But the first chapter of the “Big Three” played out exactly as they had written it in reaching the NBA Finals, only to fall to the Dallas Mavericks in six games. It seemed as though LeBron wasn’t quite ready to play the role of villain, considering the role he played of hero so well during his time spent in Cleveland. But as another year passed, James seemed to gain the confidence he was lacking in years past to achieve what he had set out to do and win his first championship.
LeBron’s acceptance speech for his second-consecutive Finals MVP truly says it all, “I ain’t got no worries.” Stating that he has finally overcome all the critic’s backlash and learned that all that matters is what happens on the court where he is the alpha and the omega.
So, will LeBron make right by all of Cleveland and return to his hometown to bring a championship to the place he abandoned so many years ago? Only time will tell.