He’s been the most dominant basketball player in the world since he entered the league in 2003. His physical attributes along with his high basketball IQ is unmatched by any other. He’s a 4-time league MVP and a 3-time NBA Finals champion. Not to mention, 2-time Finals MVP. But, still, LeBron James cannot catch a break when it comes to the haters.
They will belittle him for his average ability to shoot jumpers; ridicule him for his teams’ 4 Finals losses; even judge him on his move to South Beach, Miami where he paired up with one his ‘brothers’ to win 2 of his 3 NBA championships. James is weak-minded; he can’t do it by himself; he made a mistake leaving Cleveland. These are the unwise words of the people blinded by the hype — the same individuals who believe that Stephen Curry is the greatest of our generation, and are completely overlooking the King.
The way I see it, if LeBron James never packs his bags and moves to the south side of Miami, there would be a huge player mix up in the NBA. History is altered. When James left Cleveland, Cleveland became one of the worst teams in the league. They were granted the 1st overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft for having the worst record. Cleveland drafts a future superstar in the making in Kyrie Irving the very next year, along with a crucial role player in Tristan Thompson within the first five picks of the draft. It almost seemed like Cleveland was never going to experience that level of success again — that LeBron cursed his hometown, and they would never accept him back. But yet again, LeBron was out to prove the doubters wrong.
Fast forward to 2015, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat are fresh off a 4-year stint to the NBA finals. Having lost their latest finals appearance to the great Tim Duncan, and the San Antonio Spurs. Although LeBron would most likely consider his “vacation” to the Miami Heat a successful trip, he still had some unfinished business to take care of. Cleveland needed new life, and the King just so happened to be a free agent that same summer. From hero to villain, back to being the hero, LeBron returns to Cleveland in a whirlwind of media hypocrisy. And again it began. He won’t succeed, how could Cleveland ever take him back? LeBron doesn’t know what he’s doing. Well, guess again.
Ironically enough, right before the King decided to resign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, they possessed the first overall pick in the NBA draft, just like they had the past 3 out of 4 years. Cleveland went ahead and traded the draft rights of future Canadian star Andrew Wiggins, to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for power forward and established veteran Kevin Love.
LeBron James has endured nothing but success since he’s entered the league in 2003. “The Decision” to go to Miami, and the much-needed learning experience has paved a smooth and sunny road for the future of Cleveland. Now on his second stint with Cleveland, he’s coming off back to back finals appearances with his running mates Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, and Kevin Love. Having won the 2016 championship against possibly one of the greatest teams of all time in Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors.
LeBron hasn’t missed a finals appearance in 6 years. The things he learned in Miami will be passed on to the future stars in Irving, Thompson, and Love. Cleveland will be living under the bright Miami sun for as long as Lebron is King. Be thankful Cleveland, for you have a legend at your disposal.
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