By Sean Sarcu @seansarcu on July 11, 2014
LeBron James has decided to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers after four extremely successful seasons with the Miami Heat. This almost surely means Chris Bosh will sign with the Houston Rockets, bringing about an abrupt end to Miami's era of superstars. Here are 5 reasons why LeBron did not re-sign with the Heat.
As odd as it may sound, repeated success in the same situation can get old. LeBron has done nothing but win since coming to Miami, and he understandably may have been looking for a new, fresh opportunity elsewhere. For a player as unequivocally elite as James, even winning can get a little boring; the idea of bringing winning basketball back to Cleveland had to sound very exciting in comparison to a Miami return.
LeBron had never been through unrestricted free agency prior to 2010, and he certainly acted like the part. The infamous "Decision" is the one blemish on his otherwise nearly flawless career. Leaving the Heat and coming back to the Cavaliers was the one way for James to right the wrongs of his NBA past.
LeBron's reason for teaming up with Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami was simple: he wanted to win championships. Having now been to four straight NBA Finals and coming away with the Larry O'Brien Trophy twice, James has accomplished all that he set out to do in South Beach.
Dwyane Wade can't stay healthy, and even when he's on the court he is not the consistently dominant player of years past. The Heat no longer had a Big Three last season; LeBron was being asked to carry the load completely, and the San Antonio Spurs exposed this in spectacular fashion in the 2014 NBA Finals. Cleveland offers James a younger and more talented supporting cast.
James' heart is in Ohio. He adopted Miami for four years because he believed it was his best chance to contend for an NBA title, but it seems reasonable to suspect that he has been thinking about coming back to Cleveland for several years. With a solid young nucleus of players now in place in Cleveland, LeBron can play winning basketball right in his backyard instead of all the way down in Miami.
Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.
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