By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on June 26, 2014
The Cleveland Cavaliers would love to forget "The Decision" ever happened, but that pain will most likely never go away. LeBron James returning to Akron, Ohio might at least dull the hurt, and it remains an option for the best basketball player in the world. Dan Gilbert will have to swallow his pride and apologize about the Comic-Sans letter for this to become a reality, but Ohio would surely welcome the King home with open arms.
LeBron obviously lost some fans back in 2010, but making it to the Finals four straight times proved that he made the right choice at the time. Now we will have to see if he returns to his home-state and wins back some of his old admirers.
I'll admit here on this third slide that I do not think LeBron will be going back home. The unrestricted free agent has a lot of options to weigh. On one hand, the Heat have a first-class organization and they would be a contender next season. On the other hand, the Cavs do not figure to win a title next year, but they could have a longer championship window due to their youth and talent.
When the Cavs won the draft lottery this summer, I laughed out loud. It definitely proved that the process is not rigged, and it showed how basketball-karma is not a very real thing. It is crucial that they get out of the lottery again one day. Bringing the King back into the fold would be a surefire way to make that happen.
It seems like they are going to draft Andrew Wiggins (as of this writing), but I would not be surprised to see them take Jabari Parker either. Both players have enough flexibility to change their position and neither of them would mind learning under the best player in the game. It would be a little bit like the way that David Robinson mentored Tim Duncan during the San Antonio Spurs' early championship years.
Help me Obi-Bron Kenobi, you're our only hope. Apologies for the Star Wars reference. It just seems like there is a universe at stake with LeBron's free agency. Maybe a talent like Wiggins or Parker could one day win a chip, but their most likely title route would be to leave town like James.
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