When LeBron James announced that he was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he set off a wave of emotion not seen in Northeast Ohio since he announced he was taking his talents to South Beach in 2010.
King James also set off a second wave of emotion, this time with the ripple effects reaching far greater than Northeast Ohio. James bucked the trend of free agents signing big contracts by agreeing to a two-year deal — with the second year being a player option — which set off another firestorm of rumors that James was coming home just for show, and that he would ditch the Cavs after just one season.
However, during his annual charity event for school kids in his hometown of Akron, OH, James took a water hose and doused out the rumors. James made it very clear to the school kids, the media and everyone that could hear his voice that he is in Cleveland to stay, forever. James said:
“My No. 1 goal is to win a championship here; it’d be the greatest achievement in my life. I don’t plan on going nowhere. I don’t have the energy to do it again.”
Did you hear that? I said it before, and I will say it again — James is not going anywhere else. He is not leaving as soon as he wins a ring in Cleveland. He has no desire to play for the New York Knicks, and he has no interest to head back to South Florida and play for the Miami Heat.
LeBron James says he’s not planning on being free agent next summer despite opt out: http://t.co/7oZyftbAy8
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) August 9, 2014
James has accomplished everything he has ever wanted to accomplish in his basketball life except one thing — turning his hometown Cavaliers into an NBA powerhouse where championship expectations are a yearly routine, not just a fleeting aspiration.
Cleveland had nothing to worry about when James signed his short-term deal. He want to make it work in his hometown, and he wants to win in his hometown. He wants to have Cleveland, and the state of Ohio, be seen as winners.
If the media or his haters don’t get the message, then so be it. James wants you to know he is a Cavalier for life. Don’t think of anything different.