The rumors of LeBron James returning to Cleveland are heating up due to the Cleveland Cavaliers winning the NBA Draft Lottery. The combination of James possibly opting out of his contract with the Miami Heat makes it very intriguing as the Cavs could add the top player in the draft and the best player in the NBA to a team that already has a great young wave of talent.
James left the Cavs at the end of the 2008-09 season, and he left in a messy fashion. Despite raising millions of dollars for the Boys and Girls Club, James held a show on ESPN announcing his decision. On that show he publicly humiliated the Cavs, and the once beloved son of Cleveland was verbally crucified by Cavs fans and people around the NBA.
After James announced his departure from Cleveland, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert released a cry me a river letter that resembled a teenager losing his high school sweetheart. In that letter Gilbert talked horribly about King James and even guaranteed that the Cavs would win a NBA title before the self-proclaimed King. Gilbert even stooped low enough to call James Benedict Arnold and marked down all of James’ merchandise on Fathead to $17.41, because Arnold was the first traitor in American history in the year 1741. Gilbert’s crystal ball was a little cloudy, and James has won two NBA championships and four MVP trophies (including Finals MVPs).
Since the departure of James the Cavs have not won anything, aside from the NBA Draft Lottery, and are in need of the King’s services.
Fast forwarding to today, and the Cavs will likely make a push for James. In the month of July, James could have his third championship ring and could be free to join any team in NBA if he decides to. In the midst of the shenanigans with Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, I can’t see James playing for an owner that has displayed ill will toward him.
I know relationships can be fixed, but I think the letter written by Gilbert can prevent James’ return to Ohio. Being from Ohio I think it would be great to see James return, but if he keeps his talents on South Beach I wouldn’t be surprised.