NBA superstar LeBron James has returned home to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers.
The big question after James became a free agent was, will he return to the team he started his career with? He chose the Cavs, and a two-year, $42.2 million contract, over his previous team, the Miami Heat.
James was drafted first overall in the 2003 NBA draft by Cleveland and played there for seven years, before signing with the Heat in 2010.
The main reason why James left for Miami was to win championships and he did that, capturing two in four seasons, and making the NBA finals each year.
The rest of the Miami Big 3 were free agents, and the question was: would Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade leave? But they are both staying in Miami.
I think James should have stayed in Miami if he wanted to continue to win championships.
The Heat are still a championship-calibre team, and with Bosh and Wade returning they will continue to compete at a high level.
James left a veteran team and joined a really young club in Cleveland. He is still a very talented player, but I think it will be like his first seven years, and he'll have to put up ridiculous numbers to win.
When the big three first came together, they started off slow and it took them a while to build chemistry and become the force that they were.
It will take even more time in Cleveland to develop that chemistry, due to their young talent.
Some of that talent includes Canadians Tristian Thompson, Anthony Bennett and 2014 first overall pick, Andrew Wiggins. Those guys will learn a lot and will improve their game alongside James.
In Miami, James also had a great relationship with coach Eric Spoelstra. Cleveland just hired David Blatt, who hasn’t coached in the NBA before.
And then there are the fans. When James left in 2010, he broke a lot hearts and they felt betrayed. They even went as far as to burn his Cleveland jersey.
I’m not sure if they still have forgiven him but they know that he is the best player available to bring Cleveland its first championship in any major since 1964.
James should have stayed in Miami for a few more years before returning to Cleveland. The Heat had a good thing going and I don’t think Cleveland will enjoy the same success as Miami.