It was an irrational decision four years ago. Lebron James thought of building a one-hour television show that revealed his “Decision” to go to Miami.
The scene was like breaking up with a love one in front of millions of people. T here seemed to be no logical explanation for hurting the people who embraced and loved you for seven years. It was an immature move without thinking of the repercussions ahead.
Many hearts were broken as people in Cleveland went to the streets and burned their no.23 jerseys.
Four NBA finals appearances and winning two championships in South beach, like a prodigal son, James is coming back to Cleveland.
The wounds were healed. Lebron would have another opportunity to build the trust that was gone and hopefully a championship that has been elusive to the state of Ohio for 50 years now. There were no “not one, not two championships” promises. It’s going to be a lot of hard work to even get back to the NBA finals. However, Lebron gives Cleveland something that has been lost for quite some time… Hope.
Who would ever think that the person who has brought Cleveland’s every dark cloud for four years, would be the same person who would bring them the silver lining. “The decision 2.0”was every ounce different from the first one. Lebron wanted to come home and lift the spirits of every one in Cleveland. He made Akron significant when he started playing basketball and he wants it significant again. There were no televised set and no people around. James simply wrote an essay about his decision and felt this is the perfect time to come home.
Ten years from now people won’t remember any championships or MVP titles. People would remember the brawl between the Pistons and Pacers, The Donald Sterling scandal, The NBA draft pick busts and Lebron’s the decision. Coming back to Ohio means re-writing history and correcting the mistakes he made four years ago. The Decision 2.0 is the equalizer to the first one. And now Lebron has a fresh start.
There were no uproar in Miami, the streets are gloomy but there were no burned jerseys. Lebron handled the situation in an eloquent and matured way. This is the new Lebron, and he is back to the city he loves and where he really belongs. Still a long way to go, but like what he wrote…
“In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.”
The party in South beach continues in Cleveland.
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