We thought LeBron James was going to let the world in on the news Thursday. We thought ‘the Decision II’ was going to come. It didn’t– but now it has.
LeBron James is leaving the Miami Heat and will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The way he put it was much more poetic–I’m coming home.
Rumors have been flying around the internet and media like wild fire about his intentions and when the news was going to come down. People in Cleveland were so certain that the news was going to come on Wednesday that many of them camped out in front of his house–even though he was nowhere near it.
A number of different times floated around as to when he was going to make his announcement, but each came and went with people still left wondering. With a trip to Brazil on the horizon and every NBA team waiting to see what he would do he went ahead and pulled the trigger. Instead of making a big spectacle out of it the announcement came in an essay posted to Sports Illustrated:
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.
He went on to explain the rationale behind his decision. He didn’t make any promises or guarantee a championship. The way he ended the essay will give fans and the media something to talk about till next season starts:
In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.
I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.