LeBron picks Cleveland

It must kill the rest of America to admit it, but Cleveland has had a pretty good week, landing both the Republican National Convention and LeBron James.

In quite a surprise, it was Sports Illustrated that released the word that has had the sports tongues wagging.

In his essay today, James does not promise a championship. It doesn’t matter; Cleveland is just happy someone wants it.

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.

I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there. I just didn’t know when. After the season, free agency wasn’t even a thought. But I have two boys and my wife, Savannah, is pregnant with a girl. I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown. I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.

To make the move I needed the support of my wife and my mom, who can be very tough. The letter from Dan Gilbert, the booing of the Cleveland fans, the jerseys being burned — seeing all that was hard for them. My emotions were more mixed. It was easy to say, “OK, I don’t want to deal with these people ever again.” But then you think about the other side. What if I were a kid who looked up to an athlete, and that athlete made me want to do better in my own life, and then he left? How would I react? I’ve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We’ve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?

This concludes the LeBron James Watch.

And now, the Kevin Love Watch

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  • “…Cleveland has had a pretty good week, landing both the Republican National Convention and LeBron James.”

    As a first hand witness to a Republican National Convention, I wouldn’t consider that as being inherently “good.”

    As a recent visitor to Cleveland I can attest to that fact that is doesn’t, in fact, “rock” either.

    The only things going for Cleveland are the Rock and Roll HOF, and the house from the movie “A Christmas Story.”

  • TominEagan

    RNC & LBJ? Going one for two still isn’t bad!

  • Joe

    I might consider voting for the Republicans if they were to nominate LeBron James for president. Can we have Herman Cain as VP so he can be the attack dog on the campaign trail? Bring back the Pokemon theme song!

  • John O.

    LeBron who?