King James has decided the next chapter in his legacy will bring him back to Cleveland.
The sports world endlessly speculated where free agent LeBron James would end up. Many thought he would stay with the Miami Heat after four straight NBA Finals appearances and two championships. Others said James would go home to the team that drafted him in 2003. Rumors can finally be put to rest as LeBron set the record straight.
In an essay on SI.com, James explained that he wants to win in his home state of Ohio.
"My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question," he said through the essay. "But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio."
James is not fooling himself or his fans with empty promises of multiple championships either.
"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. It will be a long process, much longer than it was in 2010. My patience will get tested. I know that. I’m going into a situation with a young team and a new coach. I will be the old head. But I get a thrill out of bringing a group together and helping them reach a place they didn’t know they could go. I see myself as a mentor now and I’m excited to lead some of these talented young guys."
While the Cavaliers may not be sure-fire favorites to win an NBA title immediately, James is surrounded by a solid support cast led by point guard Kyrie Irving. LeBron also posted the photo below on his Instagram account, which probably made Cleveland fans ecstatic.
Cavs owner and Quicken Loans head Dan Gilbert tweeted a welcome message for James below, which is a complete 180 of his scathing letter four years ago when LeBron took off for Miami.
Welcome Home @kingjames. I am excited for the fans and people of Cleveland and Ohio. No fans and people deserve a winner more than them.....
— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) July 11, 2014