By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on July 13, 2014
Don't you think LeBron James has written a beautiful story here? He may have exploded Pat Riley's ego in the process, but it seems that everyone outside Miami is stoked about the return of the King. James officially inked a two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers yesterday, and it surprisingly included a player option after the first year. Cav fans should have no fear though, because LeBron wants to bring a title back to Ohio.
LeBron knows he would be lucky to win as many rings as Michael Jordan, but he is also savvy enough to realize that a title in his home state would mean more than anywhere else. He has healed so many wounds with his return to Cleveland, and this move was about much more than just basketball.
His amazing letter expressed his desire to raise his sons and future daughter in the place where he was brought up. This is one of the most underrated aspects of LeBron's decision, because only a true family man would have written anything like that.
A lot of LeBron's business partners want to settle down some roots in Ohio and I am betting that James would like to retire there one day. Cleveland's economy suffered greatly after his departure, which may have played a bit upon his conscience. Could his post-basketball nickname be "The Wizard of Akron"? I hope so.
Riley has never lost a negotiation more publicly, and you can bet he wants the Miami Heat to knock LeBron out of the playoffs next season. Luol Deng will be the new small forward in South Beach and he could make them an intriguing team in the Eastern Conference. They will not be a contender, but they could definitely cause some trouble in the playoffs.
If LeBron were to ever end the championship drought in Cleveland, then he'd be a legend there for the rest of his lifetime and a statue of him at Quicken Loans Arena would be in order. King James must realize this, but here is the real question. Will the sculpture be passing or dunking?
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