Mar 18, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts in the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James Uses Letter to Make Amends With Cleveland


Well, Cleveland, what do you think?

After all the speculation and rumors, LeBron James announced via Sports Illustrated that he’s returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James wrote a letter for the magazine, detailing his reasons for leaving Miami. The four-time MVP compared his stint in Miami as his version of college. He was proud of what he accomplished there, and wrote he wouldn’t change anything about his decision to play there in 2010.

And speaking of that first decision, James knows it was wrong. That’s no secret, as he’s publicly admitted before.

But now, as James expects the birth of his third child, he wants to return home and deliver to Cleveland what the region has craved since 1964: a world championship.

“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.”

Talk to Cleveland sports fans and there’s a divide. Some wanted James back, and others wish he’d just stay away. James realizes there’s a large faction of fans still bitter over his 2010 decision, and he used this letter to try and repair the damage that still exists by showing his passion to make a difference in the region.

“My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from. I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there’s no better place to grow up…In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.”

James seems ready, and willing to work. He knows the Cavs are young, and far from being title contenders.

“I’m not promising a championship. I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to win next year, but I’m realistic.”

As James continues to hunt down Michael Jordan‘s legacy, he’ll do so in Cleveland, where he’s laying all his cards on the table. The greatest story ever told in sports has been set up. Will it come to fruition and will that be enough to galvanize an entire city and region behind the kid from Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary. Only time will tell.

Have you forgiven LeBron now that he’s returned to the Cavs?

 

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