LeBron James has signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers

BREAKING: LeBron James is heading back to the Cavaliers

7/11/14 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

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Apparently 'The Letter' wasn't as big a deal as some people thought.

LeBron James will be heading back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, as reported exclusively by Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins.

LeBron actually told the whole story to Jenkins in his own words, and explained his rationale behind his decision. He even addressed the letter, and the anger of Cleveland fans after he left the first time:
 
"To make the move I needed the support of my wife and my mom, who can be very tough. The letter from Dan Gilbert, the booing of the Cleveland fans, the jerseys being burned -- seeing all that was hard for them. My emotions were more mixed. It was easy to say, “OK, I don’t want to deal with these people ever again.” But then you think about the other side. What if I were a kid who looked up to an athlete, and that athlete made me want to do better in my own life, and then he left? How would I react? I’ve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We’ve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge? "

LeBron's real reason behind coming back to Cleveland was clearly that he wanted to serve as an example for kids just like him, who are growing up in suburban Ohio wondering what they can achieve and where they're going in life:
 
"I feel my calling here goes above basketball. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from. I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there’s no better place to grow up. Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business. That would make me smile. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get."

He'll be paired with a lot of young talent, including Kyrie Irving, whom LeBron called one of the best point guards in the game. #1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins is there for now, although there are rumors that he could be sent to Minnesota in a deal for Kevin Love.

LeBron says he 'can elevate' Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters, and calls Anderson Varejao one of his favorite teammates.

This is a huge move for LeBron's legacy and if he can eventually bring a championship to Cleveland, he'll be revered forever, particularly in his home state.

As LeBron himself noted, it's going to be a long process, but he and the Cavaliers are certainly heading in the right direction.
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7/11/14   |   jaysinw   |   4981 respect

No surprise Pat was not going to pay more and others were not going to take less to go to the Heat. We all hear Melo was going to sign with the Knicks prior to the Riley-James meeting. Also James made it clear he would want to return to Cleveland after winning one or more championship. It is not just basketball to Lebron which he said back in May.

7/11/14   |   evilquacks101   |   858 respect

Thank God its finally over! ESPN has done nothing but talk about this for the whole week. yes

7/11/14   |   Scott   |   53864 respect

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The only thing I didn't like about the decision part 1 was the debacle of it being played out in a special on ESPN.  This time around, I think Lebron handled the situation much better.  Kudos to him for deciding to take his talents back home