On Friday, LeBron James announced that he would be returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, with whom he played his first 7 seasons of professional basketball. LeBron left the Cavaliers in the summer of 2010, and signed a 4-year deal with the Miami Heat. Overall, his time in Miami was a success. He made it to the NBA finals all four years, winning the NBA title two of the four seasons; not bad. This begs the questions, why did LeBron leave Miami?
When LeBron left the Cavs in the summer of 2010, he disappointed the whole Cavalier fan base. Riots spurred in the streets of Cleveland, and fans burned LeBron James’ jersey. The decision to go to Miami made James a hated man throughout the NBA, but mostly in Cleveland. Cavs fans were angry at James because they felt he had unfinished business in his hometown, never leading them to a championship victory in his 7 years with the team. The Miami Heat became the most hated team in the league, in which numerous NBA fans cheered against them. In his time in Miami, LeBron matured, he won two titles, and decided yesterday that the Cavs have better potential than the Heat. In the 2013-2014 season, it appeared as if LeBron was worn out by the NBA finals because the Heat were not playing the way they did when they won their first two championships.
LeBron knows he may not win the title for the upcoming season with the the Cavs, but they have a lot of young talent. They have 3 additional number 1 overall picks on their roster in Kyrie Irving, Anthony Bennett, and Andrew Wiggins. Irving, when healthy could be a top 3 point guard in the NBA, and will only get better with LeBron on his team. Anthony Bennett faced a lot of pressure in his rookie season last year, in which he really didn’t preform the way the Cavs hoped he would. Andrew Wiggins is only 19. It is going to take him some time to spark in the NBA, but he has superstar talent. Playing with James will make him better, considering they have similar styles of play.
This season, there’s going to be a lot of questions as the Cavs search for what LeBron failed to do in his first 7 years in Cleveland, win an NBA title. There are rumors that the Cavs are interested in trading for Minnesota Timberwolves star, Kevin Love. Love can play power forward or center, and he is a double-doubles machine. He would be an excellent fit for the Cavs, but they may have to give up some of the young talent they have. Trading Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love would not be something the Cavaliers would want to do. Wiggins has too much potential to be a superstar. There could be the possibility of the Cavs proposing a trade to send Dion Waiters and Anthony Bennett to Minnesota, but the Timberwolves are going to have to see if they can get better offers such as Klay Thompson from the Golden State Warriors. The only way I could see the Timberwolves trading Love to the Cavs is if they Cavs give them Andrew Wiggins, which the Cavs do not want to do. If Cleveland can figure out a way to trade for Kevin Love and keep Andrew Wiggins, they will be sure contenders for the NBA title.
LeBron James’ decision to return to Cleveland after 4 years in Miami was great for the NBA. LeBron was incredibly popular league wide when he played in Cleveland, but he let fans down by leaving his hometown for Miami. In fact, having a TV special did not sit well for many NBA fans. The way he announced it this time was perfect. Cleveland fans never thought they’d get to see the best player in the NBA back home, but he is returning to Cleveland, where he has unfinished business. LeBron James is coming back home, and he wants to make it up to his hometown by bringing the NBA championship to Cleveland.