LeBron couldn’t take the Heat
The Sports Brothers | 7/17/2014, 9 a.m.
What a well orchestrated exit plan by LeBron James. The King ended his essay to America with the words "I'm Coming Home". After four glorious years in a Miami Heat uniform, LeBron James decided to take his talents back to Cleveland. Back to an owner in Dan Gilbert who very publicly ripped him after he left the Cavs in 2010. Let’s remember the mood in Black America at the time of Gilbert's scathing letter, many felt there was a tinge of racism in the letter and that Gilbert had viewed James somewhat as a runaway slave. It was a big deal. However, it proved not to be enough of a deal because James met with Gilbert before his announcement to return and they seemingly kissed and made up.
All was forgiven and it cleared the way for his ultimate return home.
This is something King James wanted to do for some years now. We heard rumblings of James wanting to go home since 2012, we all dismissed it and shrugged it off. The King was winning, finally validated with back-to-back NBA championships. All of that changed the minute King James said he wanted to go home to his old kingdom. His old kingdom where they burned his jersey in the streets, and he became public enemy number one, a coward in Dan Gilbert's own words. Was it not LeBron James who said he wanted to be mentioned with the greats like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas and others?
When it's all said and done please do not insult the greatness of Jordan, Bird, Magic, Bryant etc. by putting King James among them. He does not have the intestinal fortitude that those all time greats have. Winning was all that mattered to those guys, Jordan would want to fight you over a game of cards. Those guys cannot comprehend losing, they were obsessed with winning. Not LeBron James. He wants to be loved, to be liked, to be viewed in a favorable manner. In his own words, King James said his decision to go home was bigger than basketball, bigger than making history, bigger than winning or competing for rings for years to come. Northeast Ohio meant more than that.
In the end King James tugged at America's heart. There was a raucous celebration all over America after decision 2.0. None bigger than Cleveland where Cavs fans understandably felt like Christmas had come early. It was a joyous moment, everyone including ESPN fell in love with King James all over again, his approval rating rocketed to an all-time high.
He has graduated from the University of Heat after learning to win and lead from the ultra competitive Dwyane Wade. He now goes home to lead the baby Cavs. No pressure, just the way he likes it.