Breaking News: LeBron James headed to Cleveland...we think (and hope)
At 9 p.m. tonight before a national audience on ESPN, LeBron James will announce his future NBA destination. Will it be Miami? Chicago? New York? New Jersey? I’ll tell you where he’s headed….Cleveland. Yeah I’m biased, but I’m also a believer. And I believe he can win a championship – or two or three – in Cleveland. I also believe he wants to do that.
LeBron James is a mixture of the hoops holy trinity, which in my basketball terms means Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson and well, himself.
Jordan was the ultimate showman and scorer. Kobe? No way. Jordan had one thing on his mind. Being the best. And he was – at the moment.
Oscar Robertson was the ultimate team player. The “King” of the triple-double. The only man to master it all. Until now…
LeBron James is the next coming of Michael Robertson and Oscar Jordan. However you want to phrase it.
Sounds silly doesn’t it? But it’s true.
LJ = MJxO. As in Big O.
There will never be another Jordan.
There will never be another Robertson.
And there will never be another LeBron.
Strong words for a player that has yet to win a World Championship, but it’s just a matter of time before he does.
It’s also a matter of time before we find out where the King will hold court next season.
At 9 p.m. tonight before a national audience on ESPN, James will announce his future destination. Will it be Miami? Chicago? New York? New Jersey?
I’ll tell you where he’s headed...Cleveland.
Yeah I’m biased, but I’m also a believer. And I believe he can win a championship – or two or three – in Cleveland. I also believe he wants to do that.
As good as Jordan was, loyalty is never a characteristic associated with him. It is however one James says he wants to teach. Robertson’s historical impact on the game was felt off the court as well in regards to race, education and advancing both the sport and life in general forward. That’s another arena James wants to excel in.
And he can do all this in Cleveland. Actually, he HAS to do it there.
If James were to leave Ohio, the loss would be devastating to the economy and attitude of Northeast Ohio, but it would also leave a staggering psychological blow rippling across all 88 counties in the Buckeye State.
Why? Lebron IS Ohio. He’s a native. Question is, is he a savior? We know he’s the King.
Ohio has a long history of housing some of the world’s and nation’s best and most notable athletes ever: Jesse Owens, Jack Nicklaus, Edwin Moses, Mike Schmidt, Ken Griffey Jr...
LeBron could top that list someday. He already shares some exclusivity on another list that includes just two other people: Pete Rose and Barry Larkin.
Rose is Major League Baseball’s best hitter ever. He’s also a homegrown Ohio talent that led one of the state’s professional teams to a World Championship. Remember the Big Red Machine? Larkin is one of MLB’s top shortstops ever and also – as a homegrown talent – helped the Reds win a World Series title in 1990.
Now it’s LeBron’s turn.
The Bengals have never won a Super Bowl. The Browns have never been to one.
The time is NOW for the Cavs and LeBron. He is the future of the franchise and the state.
History allows this kind of greatness once every so often. Luckily we’re here to see this rendition. And if I were a betting man – hear that Rose – I’d say James stays one of our kind.
He always has been.