I always compared Lebron to Anakin Skywalker in StarWars. Like Anakin, Lebron’s talent was simply unseen. There was no doubt in my mind that he was the chosen one. Lebron showed so much promise, and for years it would seem like Jordan was reincarnated in the form of Lebron James.
We hoisted Lebron on a pedestal, and automatically expected greatness. So when Lebron failed yet again in 2009 to reach the Finals, there grew a fear inside of the young Jedi. The fear was never winning a championship and that fear must have drove him mad. You see, fear is the path to the Dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. All these moments came full circle when in the summer of 2010, Lebron James announced that he was joining forces with Wade and Bosh in Miami. Just like that, the one that was destined to bring balance to the force had seemingly destroyed it in one move.
4 years later it would appear things are going to be set on the right track. Lebron going back to Cleveland means that the Eastern Conference is about to get competitive again. Which means the NBA is going to get a lot more interesting. Lebron is back where he belongs, but what does this mean? What do we take away from all this?
1) Carmelo will be more pressed to join Chicago
Part of me figures that Carmelo is weighing his options because he would be leaving a ton of money to win a championship. He wants to win, and he would like to do it for his city. But the current state of the team does not suggest that will happen anytime soon. Which leaves Carmelo with the gamble of a choice. With Lebron back in Cleveland the East is relatively more wide open than it was before. This means joining the Bulls gives him the clear-cut chance of at least getting to the Finals. That is nothing to skip over, even if 50 million is on the table. You better believe Carmelo is taking a hard look at going to Chicago after today’s events.
2) Ding dong the Heat are dead!
Guess Pat Riley is not the Master GM he thought he was. The Heat will have to start going into rebuild mode. Erik Spoelstra will finally be exposed for the phony he is. Best believe that in the next few seasons he will be fired. As for the Heat, the only building block they should count on is Bosh. Building a team around Bosh is going to be a wise move. If they are even more serious, they should pass on resigning Dwyane Wade. But that is none of my business.
3) The Bucks, Raptors, Hornets and Wizards and 76er’s are going to be better competition
The Bulls, Pacers and Heat will no longer sit on top of the Eastern conference like 3 guys on an island. The East is looking to be as competitive as the West and that is the best news. These teams all made moves to heighten the talent pool so look for these teams to top off the rest in the Eastern Conference. The next couple of years these teams are only going to get better.
4) Cleveland finally has something to cheer about
If you know sports, you know that the state of Ohio is like one giant pot of bad Juju, never seeming to win when it comes to sports. It appears that years and year of bad luck has hit them 3 times. Johnny Manziel, Andrew Wiggins and now Lebron James. It is a good year to be a Cleveland fan. Only the Cubs have had so much heart-break, so you guys have the right to cheer. Here is to you, Cleveland. Don’t live these moments down.
5) Lebron took his one shot at redemption
The biggest domino that will fall? Lebron finally has his shot at redemption. He can shake every bad thing that has been said these past 10 years. He has a golden opportunity to player coach both Wiggins and Irving. This team is going to be exciting to watch but more importantly we are going to watch Lebron go into the final stages of his career. If there is one thing that can be said about Lebron, is that he is a trailblazer in his own right. Taking his route indirectly gave him the team he deserved in Cleveland. He now has the chance he has longed for since he was a child, to win a championship wearing a Cavs jersey.
Hate him or love him, the league revolves around Lebron. Now that balance is back in the NBA, we should all prepare for one of the better seasons in the NBA in a very long time. October could not come any quicker!