Do You Like How LeBron James Handled His “Decision” This Time Around?
LeBron James is going to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer and begin playing for them again this fall. That was the big news yesterday, as King James used a letter that he put together for Sports Illustrated to reveal that he was “coming home” to play for the Cavs again. And as you would probably expect, just about everyone in Cleveland was ecstatic to hear that he had agreed to return to Ohio. Ever since the Cavs lost LeBron back in the summer of 2010, the city of Cleveland has struggled to come to grips with the fact that he was gone. So getting LeBron back has to feel somewhat surreal.
The people of Cleveland aren’t the only ones who are excited about LeBron’s return, though. Outside of the Miami Heat fans who are upset with him, there are also lots and lots of sports fans in general who are glad to see LeBron go back to the city where his NBA career started. And specifically, they’re happy with the way he went about announcing it. Unlike 2010, when LeBron held his infamous The Decision on ESPN to reveal that he was “taking his talents” to South Beach, LeBron announced his return to Cleveland in a simple, tasteful manner. He didn’t turn it into a big spectacle or make it all about him. Rather, he made the city of Cleveland feel important. And as a result, he came across looking like a good guy rather than a villain, which is what he looked like back in 2010.
Because of this, July 11, 2014 will likely go down as one of the most important days in LeBron’s career and, to an even larger extent, his life. It’s the day he returned to Cleveland, the day he proved that he learned something from the original Decision, and the day that almost all NBA fans got back onto his side and started to cheer for him again. And while there’s still more work to be done now that he’s returning to Cleveland and more championships to be won, we think it’s safe to say that LeBron’s legacy is looking better than ever right now because of how he decided to go about returning to Cleveland.
What did you think about LeBron’s announcement yesterday? Did it make you look at LeBron differently—or are you still struggling to get over his first Decision?