About 12:30 ET this morning, I finally reached a breaking point. LeBron James has played out The Decision Part Deux WAY too long.
I understand that this is a major point in The King’s life that shouldn’t be taken lightly. However, enough is enough.
The facts are laid out on the table. The emotions of fans in Northeastern Ohio and Miami are on full display. The money is available. The rosters possibilities are clear.
It’s past time to make an announcement.
As the minutes continue to drag on, I’m wondering what is keeping LeBron from telling the world, where he will play next season. Is it really “The Letter?”
While it’s true that words mean things, that letter from CAVS owner Dan Gilbert expressed emotions of a fan, not a billionaire businessman. Gilbert was mad, and he expressed the passion for his team unlike any other owner in NBA history.
However, Gilbert’s letter was no different from the tirades of George Steinbrenner, and that king, King George, re-built a dynasty on the edge of extinction. That’s not to say that LeBron didn’t (doesn’t) deserve an apology. He does (did).
Gilbert had been trying to help Cleveland conquer the NBA world for the first time, and he was on the verge of accomplishing that task prior to The Decision. The loss of LeBron was Gilbert’s biggest loss of his life.
If LeBron can’t understand and accept that, perhaps he doesn’t belong in a CAVS uniform.
Money and the roster aren’t stumbling blocks. The CAVS can provide the best chance for LeBron to win additional championships, and rings earned in Cleveland will give LeBron the legacy he desires.
Rings earned elsewhere will be hollow. The legacy of the magnitude LeBron desires, and perhaps deserves, can only come with a return to Cleveland.
The fans in Northeastern Ohio still adore him as evidenced by the scene at his home yesterday. They are ready to welcome him home (a place he never truly left) forever. Even if a championship isn’t won, LeBron will always be a king with loyal subjects.
If LeBron chooses not to return now, he will never be fully welcomed home. He will be a king without a kingdom. No one wants that.
It’s now or never.