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The Decision 2.0: LeBron James Officially Returns To The Cleveland Cavs

Submitted by on July 11, 2014 – 3:58 pmNo Comment

Cue up Diddy‘s “Coming Home” once again as LeBron James has officially made his decision — albeit in far less of a spectacle than “The Decision” — and will go back to his hometown as a Cleveland Cavalier. In a manifesto told to Sports Illustrated, James outlined his somewhat surprising decision to go home after burning Cleveland four years ago.

When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.

James comes back a more mature individual who no longer is simply looking out for himself. He has won a pair of championships and accomplished what he set out to do with his business decision. Now, it’s all about doing for his hometown. He’s well aware of the damage that he did to Cleveland when he departed in the manner that he did, but he’s back to make amends. This is the heel becoming the baby face again. Even when you have pissed off everyone in Cleveland, it’s about making amends and doing the right thing.

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?

The Cavs have already been thrust into the position as the favorite to win the Eastern Conference and are a 3-1 to win the championship. Perhaps people are jumping the gun as the Cavs are still a very young and inexperienced organization. However, with pieces such as Andrew Wiggins and elite point guard Kyrie Irving in the mix, it shouldn’t take long for the Cavs to rise to prominence again. What was once a barren hole of a team that nobody wanted to play for will be a prime destination for every player who has an opportunity to switch teams. Who doesn’t want to play with LeBron James?

But this is not about the roster or the organization. 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’s doing it for the city and the people. Is there a better story in sports today?

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