There's No Doubt That LeBron James Finally Gets It

There's No Doubt That LeBron Finally Gets It

7/11/14 in NBA   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

Jun 15, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) calls a play during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs in game five of the 2014 NBA Finals at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The King is finally coming home. After lots of speculation as to the future of LeBron James, the NBA superstar made his return to Cleveland official earlier today in an essay for SI.com.

Wait, no ESPN special with Jim Gray? Are we sure that this thing is legit?

Yes, believe it or not, the most hyped moment in the history of the NBA off-season came and went without thousands of television cameras placed beside the man of the hour. In this day and age, that's certainly a bit of a rarity.

Perhaps it's even more of a rarity given this particular situation. Back in 2010, LeBron decided to let everyone know that he was taking his talents to South Beach to play for the Miami Heat in a cringe-worthy TV special that made Cleveland fans everywhere immediately turn on him.

Especially owner Dan Gilbert, who typed up the Comic Sans letter of a lifetime responding to LeBron's exit from the Cavaliers.

But four years is a long time, and clearly LeBron and Gilbert were able to overcome their differences in getting the NBA's top player to return home.

What's even more telling though is the maturity of LeBron since 'The Decision' took over the world.

After causing such a stir four years ago by making a complete spectacle of the entire process, LeBron knew that things had to be different this time around. Choosing to reveal his future plans via a self-written essay was nothing short of brilliant.

If LeBron himself made the decision on that, kudos to him. If his management team made the final call, those guys deserve an immediate raise.

No, the 2010 LeBron was concerned with nothing but winning championships. He had been criticized long enough about his inability to bring a title to a town with such little championship history. He was heading to Miami, and that was that.

This time around though, LeBron understood the magnitude of this choice. This was no longer about championships -- it was about his legacy.

Going back home with a different perspective will help propel him even further in his career. Four years ago, maybe we were all right about LeBron's chances to bring a title to Cleveland. He wasn't the player that he is now, and he clearly didn't have the same type of view on things.

But with the king back to take the throne in his city, the game has changed. Cleveland will no longer be the whipping boy. Instead, it will now draw the attention of every other team in the NBA.

All thanks to the off-the-court growth of one of the greatest players in league history.
 

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