A 24-hour period in July was infinitely more exciting than any part of this year’s NBA Finals, including cramp-gate. Lebron held the sports world hostage while we awaited his decision for the 2nd time in 4 years.
Then at noon on Friday, the best basketball player in the world decided that he was returning to Cleveland, a championship starved city, and most importantly his home.
The resolution on where he would “take his talents” 4 years ago was not satisfying. It was public, selfish, immature and it breeded a legion of Lebron haters. Fittingly, yesterday was everything “The Decision” was not and it made a previously polarizing superstar into one of the most popular and well-liked athletes in the country.
Writing a letter as opposed to an interview and doing it on his own terms and not ESPN’s was a brilliant move. It seemed as if Lebron and his PR team have learned from their mistakes. Then the letter itself furthered that notion as it said everything that needed to be said. It was pitch perfect and there is no way anyone can criticize him for this move.
Home holds a special place in all of our hearts and A LOT had to happen for Lebron to return to Cleveland. It’s a perfect storm and the fans have embraced him yet again. Overall, it’s just a tremendous story that has to excite any sports fan.
The reaction across the sports world yesterday was fantastic. It was difficult to keep up with Twitter and Cleveland sports radio was a must-listen. 1964 was a very long time ago so yesterday was a huge day for that city. The Cavs are going to be a very fun team to watch next year with lots of young talent to complement a wiser, more mature Lebron.
When the news broke, I envisioned plenty of Lebron-themed “Coming Home” montages but Skylar Grey did me one better. She recorded a version of the song specifically for King James.
Very cool. The Decision 2.0 is over and the sequel was much better than the original. As the rest of the pieces of the free agent puzzle fall into place, Cleveland counts down to opening night when they can officially welcome Lebron back home.