So unless you have been completely living under a rock or so involved with the World Cup that nothing else mattered, you have probably heard by now that LeBron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. I have always been pretty indifferent about James. However, the decision, and I don’t mean THE DECISION, but his most recent choice should be commended.
Perhaps he has started a precedent with free agents, where you see players not just sign somewhere just for the highest paycheck, but because they are loyal and they love the franchise they started with and their fan base.
If you ever get an opportunity to read the letter that James wrote expressing his reasons for returning to Cleveland; take a moment to read it. It is one of the most insightful and well-written pieces you may ever read from a professional athlete. One can tell that it wasn’t about the money with James, or at least not the primary factor. James wants to bring a championship to Cleveland, a city that hasn’t won a thing in 50 years. He wants to finish what he started and it seems he wants to make things right with the fans that he alienated with his heading out of town and that awful Decision television special.
I have been sitting here for the last few days trying to think of another situation like this where a player who is certainly the best in their respective league returns to their original team and have not been able to really come up with anyone. Sure, you see players return to teams a lot but that usually is when a player is heading towards the end of their career. Ken Griffey coming home to Seattle comes to mind. Same with Greg Maddux or Jim Thome.
However, James is in the prime of his career and making his return. This isn’t a farewell tour. He wants to bring a championship to Cleveland. Can’t fault the man for that. Good for him.
Apparently, you really can go home again. Just ask King James.