After an ordeal that kept the NBA helplessly stalled, LeBron James finally made a decision on what team he will play for. The famous basketball player says he will go back home to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James is leaving the Heat after four years in a move that is causing the same controversy as when he first joined the Miami team. Speaking to Sports Illustrated, James announced his decision and the Ohio native also tried to explain his polarizing move.
“When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time,” James said. “What’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.”
The 29-year-old basketballer added that he wasn’t aware how much his hometown meant to him when he first left for Miami. “My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball.”
Of course, the Cavaliers are ecstatic at James’ decision to return and have new hope for a team championship win. However, for the Heat, this means the end of their winning streak.
“I am shocked and disappointed in today’s news,” managing Heat director Micky Arison said on Twitter. “However I will never forget what LeBron brought to us for four years. Thanks for memories.”
Meanwhile, the Cavalier’s owner, Dan Gilbert, called James a narcissist, a coward and disloyal quitter in a letter blasting him for leaving the team four years ago. And now that James is returning to Cleveland, he will play for Gilbert once again.