Earlier today, LeBron James broke twitter by announcing he would return to Cleveland and sign with the Cavaliers. He announced via Instagram, but the focus was on this piece, LeBron explaining his decision in his own words. It was a coup for old school media and a humanizing of LeBron himself, an illustration of how much he has grown in the last four seasons.
When LeBron made his first decision, I had recently finished my freshman year of high school. That summer, I was enrolled in a chemistry class through my school. Everyone in my class knew I was a big sports fan and that “The Decision” was going to be important to me. Naive young Alex didn’t think LeBron would leave his hometown. Then Jim Gray broke my heart. I’m not ashamed to admit that I shed a tear watching our hero desert us, for Miami of all places. I didn’t want to get up for chemistry the next day, and I was late to class. My classmates were genuinely worried about me and how “The Decision” had affected me.
I didn’t cry today. Just as LeBron has matured through his SI piece, so have I. Now, I am a college student working hard toward a successful sports media career. LeBron was a college age kid when he decided to bolt for Miami and he used his “college” years in Miami to grow up. That much is clear in the essay. He’s a human just like the rest of us and he knew the backlash any decision would have. He understands what it means to be from Northeast Ohio. The old adage goes “If you love him, set him free. If he comes back, then it’s meant to be.” It’s meant to be with LeBron James.
There isn’t much to say that hasn’t already been said by LeBron himself and by other media outlets. It’s an exciting day to be a Clevelander and a Cavs fan. LeBron James brings hope to this city as we look to end our 50 year title drought. I cannot wait until NBA season starts.
Welcome home, Mr. James.