Now, will all the Cleveland fans please ship their LeBron hate posters to Miami?
It was a rainy morning when the news hit Miami on the 11th of July. At noon, LeBron James officially announced he would be taking his talents to his home town- and former team- in Cleveland.
After seven years playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers- which awarded LeBron two MVP trophies and an Eastern conference championship- LeBron moved to South Beach to play for the Miami Heat in 2010, intending to win at least one NBA championship. Along with superstars Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, they formed the “Big Three.”
The Heat made it to the finals four years in a row with LeBron and brought home two Larry O’Brian trophies; James also doubled his MVP trophies.
LeBron gave a lot to Miami. The city owes him for the success he brought and he also owes us. LeBron is content with what Miami gave him and Heat fans should feel the same way.
“Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio,” said James to Sports Illustrated. “It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart.”
Heat fans should keep this in mind before burning number 6 jerseys and wishing the worst for LeBron and his future. The fans should look back and think of all that he gave up to give Miami a championship team that will go down in history as one of the best.
No matter how bleak the future looks for Miami right now (LeBron leaving and Chris Bosh most likely signing with the Houston Rockets), the team was blessed for four years and should respect LeBron’s decision to return to a home that has so graciously forgiven him after leaving them.
Who knows, maybe in 2018 Florida can re-throne “the King.”