LeBron James, drafted first in 2003, became a symbol of hope in sports for the state of Ohio. His traditional powder tosses, mind blowing athleticism, and jaw-dropping dunks, Cleveland, Ohio stood strong for their hometown hero LeBron James. With all of the love and admiration he felt from his home state, he still felt a deep void within his soul. In 2007, the Cavaliers were swept in the NBA finals series by Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs. The critics began to pin the blame on the self proclaimed “King James.” After the devastating loss in the 2009 playoff series against the Boston Celtics, LeBron was seen tossing his Cavaliers jersey in disappointment. The criticism became more powerful. After the Cavaliers loss LeBron basically ‘gave up’. In a post game interview, LeBron James stated a friend told him, “You have to go through nightmares to accomplish your dreams.”
“The Decision” of 2010:
The Fans watched LeBron James on an hour-long special interview presented by ESPN to inform the sports world that he made the decision to take his talents to South Beach. This was one of the smartest career decisions he made, but it was not a popular decision according to his fans. The city of Cleveland was devastated to say the least. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert pinned and an open criticizing letter to LeBron James on the Cavaliers website. Cavalier fans took to the streets of Cleveland and were shown burning a LeBron James jersey symbolizing the city’s disappointment and feeling of betrayal. Fans could not see the bigger picture of LeBron’s motive to accomplish his dream in the NBA. LeBron James knew he had a future with the Miami Heat and joining forces with an NBA champion Dwayne Wade and emerging star Chris Bosh was important.
As the new “Big 3” revolutionize the NBA, Wade, Bosh, and James became the captivating villains of the NBA. The Miami Heat went to four straight NBA finals and accomplish to win two years back to back. While in Miami, James broke several records, won NBA MVP awards, and accomplished to win Olympic gold medals. He had finally accomplished his dream he once had nightmares about in Cleveland. Although he accomplished all of this in a short period of time, James felt it was only right to come back home to Cleveland and rekindle the genuine love he at once felt from his home city and state. LeBron James never loss sight of what his ultimate dream was and that was to bring a NBA championship home to Cleveland and the state of Ohio. Now we will watch him transition into the next phase of his career but we wonder will you still root for LeBron James?