Catching Up-A A +A
Thursday, July 17, 2014
LEBRON James' return to Cleveland means only one thing – he wants to have a championship ring with the Cavaliers.
Saying goodbye to Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh is not difficult. After all, the King and his two friends have given Miami two NBA championships in four finals appearances.
James' $42.1-million contract for two years is not the main reason for his return. Aside from being close to his family and kids, he has an unfinished business with the Cavs.
With Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins, top draft picks, and latest addition Mike Miller, LeBron will be surrounded by talents that have been missing when he first lead the Cavs to the championship.
That was in 2007 when the San Antonio Spurs kicked the Cavaliers butts with a 4-0 sweep which made James decide to bring his skills to Pat Riley's Heat later.
The 6'9” all-around star managed to lead the Cavs in the 2008-2009 season but lost 4-2 to the Orlando Magic in the Conference finals.
The following year, the Boston Celtics beat the Cavaliers 4-2 in the Eastern conference semi finals adding more fuel to LeBron's disenchantment and frustration.
From 2010-2014, James achieved what he wished for, bagging two NBA Most Valuable Player awards and wearing championship rings with Miami.
In contrast, Cleveland hobbled without the King finishing 15th, 13th, 13th and 10th in the seasons that followed his departure. He was enemy number one of Cavaliers fans.
James has achieved what others took more years to accomplish. His dream to win a title for himself, for his country, and his family is done.
Legend Michael Jordan, who himself was frustrated for years failing to hoist an NBA championship trophy for Chicago until he was teamed up with Scottie Pippen, Luc Longley, Toni Kukoc, Dennis Rodman, Horace Grant and other talented Bulls collected by Phil Jackson, was on the same breath with LeBron.
If James could add another NBA ring in his finger, this time for Cleveland, that will complete his dream and pay back what is due to the Cavs.
But will he stop there?
MJ's record is too tempting not to run after. James will do some catching up and breaking of stats before hanging his sneakers.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 17, 2014.