This is and isn't about LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. This is about a man growing up and breaking free. To understand the magnitude of LeBron's decision, we need to examine the Decision.
It's almost comical to think back to the first season of the Heat's Big Three and remember that there was a serious power struggle between LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Fans everywhere were legitimately unsure of who was truly the better player and who should be the alpha dog.
It's a rare opportunity to get one-on-one time with a revered basketball player, let alone when said athlete is three-time NBA champ Dwayne Wade. But earlier this month in Miami, that's exactly where a group of journalists found themselves.
We've only been talking for three minutes but it becomes crystal clear to me that Air Force Staff Sergeant Jason Alberti is a Miami HEAT superfan -- unlike any other I've ever encountered in my 14 seasons working in the NBA.
LeBron and Spoelstra are easy targets to throw under the bus when the Heat eventually get eliminated but not the right ones. You can't win in the NBA without depth, and the Heat has none. That's on Riley.
David Tyree says same-sex marriage would send the country into anarchy. Oh, really? I would say he's taken one too many hits, but the truth is, he never made another catch in the NFL after that Super Bowl reception.
As a citizen I could give a rip about what James does. It's not like any of us are benefiting monetarily or otherwise from where he plays. But as a journalist and sports fan I have a huge issue with how James duped the city of Cleveland.
I was on a long drive last night and could not help but listen to the LeBron James media hype like every other basketball fan hoping they would get the prized free agent. Sure, if you get LeBron your team automatically becomes a contender.
James, who was feeling the pressure to live up to the "the greatest of all time" label, does not see himself the way fans or the media does. He does not believe he's the caliber of player of Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
Tonight, LeBron tells us where he's going, and unless something changes, he's going to Miami. He could stay with Cleveland. He could have gone to NY, turned the Knicks into contenders. Instead, he appears to have chosen safety.