LeBron James’ decision in 2010 may not be his most scrutinised decision after all.
It’s the question that has really been playing on my mind.
It’s the ultimate feel-good-story of the return of Cleveland’s favourite son but was James really homesick or was he chasing glory?
I don’t mean to sound like a sourpuss but James has evolved into indisputably the best player in the NBA since Michael Jordan. Like Jordan, James now has the authority to control his own path without anyone to question it.
Moreover, James has the power to shape his own team and ultimately have an effect on the rest of the NBA.
Seemingly, James didn’t seem to hesitate when given the chance to bolt from Cleveland into Pat Riley’s dynasty-built championship contender in Miami with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.
Similarly, after the back-to-back NBA champions were totally destroyed in five games against the experienced San Antonio Spurs, James didn’t hesitate to return to Cleveland to play alongside one of the most promising young talents in the NBA in Kyrie Irving.
Moreover, James would have definitely had been involved in today’s trade of this year’s number one draft pick, Andrew Wiggins, and last year’s number one pick, Anthony Bennett for the championship-ready talent of Kevin Love.
James knows the full extent of his power over teams from decisions on the roster right up to coaching and managerial positions.
Now imagine you are at the peak of your powers; what would you choose?
Would you stay in Miami who were on the decline with an aging roster including a banged-up Wade?
Or would you take your talents to a young and upcoming team with the possibility of being remembered as an immortal that delivered your home city their first ever professional sports championship?
It’s a no-brainer. I know exactly what I’d do.
What’s your decision?