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Thoughts On LBJ
July 14, 2014 - Al Stephenson
For starters what really had me riled up about the man was when he lifted the beagle up by the ears! Wait a minute. I think I have the wrong LBJ here. That one was simply the President. The one I want to talk about is the KING!
It's true. The saga of one LeBron James has taken a decidedly unlikely turn. Did anyone really expect LeBron to come back to Cleveland? Come on, tell the truth. I was surprised along with the rest of the world. Nonetheless, get ready Cavalier fans, he is indeed returning to the team he spurned four years ago.
What do I think about it? Well I am happy though not necessarily ecstatic. You must understand that I am simply not a big fan of NBA basketball. If you want to know why, just watch the highlights of Carmelo Anthony that have been running lately since he agreed to stay with the New York Knicks. The clip shows him catching a pass and taking five steps (without dribbling of course) before laying the ball in the hoop. Traveling? You bet. Was it called? Of course not. That is the NBA.
I am however a Cleveland sports fan. I followed the NBA much closer when LeBron was with the Cavs because that dream of a championship coming to the shores of Lake Erie lives in every Cleveland sports fan. The sport doesn't really matter. The Indians, the Browns, the Cavs - a championship is what we want because we have been waiting a lifetime for one. Just one. With LeBron, the chance was real. Without him - well, you have seen what the Cavs have done the last four years.
So here's my take on the return of the King. With him the Cavs now have a legitimate chance. Do I forgive him for leaving? Well, I don't have to. I was not torn up when he left because I was not a diehard Cavs fan. I didn't burn my LeBron James jersey because I did not own one. Was I unhappy with the way he left. You bet, but I said at the time that I didn't think he realized what he was doing to Cleveland fans with The Decision.
Now if you can believe the letter to SI, he regrets that course of action and I do believe him. If you believe he wanted to come home and that's why he's back - and again I do - it's easy to be excited. We all call Cleveland home.
The view from my seat suggests that it is good to have LBJ back in a Cavs uniform. Will a championship follow? We'll certainly have to wait and see, but the chances are much greater now. All will be forgiven for most fans if that happens. For me, I just want to see him finish his career in Cleveland, championship or not. If he leaves again after a season or two...
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