I thought about this a lot today lol, and I am sure any Miami HEAT fan on this forum that sees this thread of mine will probably despise me and hate me, but at this point, with all things said and done, I truly hope LeBron James returns to Cleveland, and the reason I want this to happen is because of today's social media. LeBron has not said a god damn word, but the entire city of Cleveland is dead set that he's returning, and that is the fault of today's social media and technology.
That being said, if he spurns Cleveland again, he will be even more hated than before (maybe more so than 2010), and living there will be hell for him. He returns home to Akron every summer, and I am sure plans to live there after he retires, and I don't want him to be the most hated person in his hometown and city. Every fence he has fixed these last 4 years will be broken again and he will be hated by his home town forever. If he picks the Miami HEAT again, it will be 2010 all over in Cleveland and any knowledgeable person knows it. It is reported that his wife wants to send his kids to high school there (Both LeBron and her are High School Sweetheats), and if his kids do end up going to high school at St. Vincent St Mary's, I am sure they will be ridiculed, and will never hear the end of their father being a so called "traitor". Sad, but sports does that to us.
It would be nice to see a story of redemption. If LeBron goes back to Cleveland, it would be nice to see the entire city once again embrace him and take him back in as their child. Whether or not he ever wins an NBA championship again, I truly feel like if LeBron returned, the Cavs and their fans will sure as hell feel like they won the championship.
If he does sign a short-term contract with Miami, and becomes a FA in 2 years, who knows if Cleveland will even have flexibility to get him. If he wants to go back to Cleveland, the time is now. He is 29, turning 30 and has maybe 4-5 years max of high quality basketball left in him. If he spurns Cleveland now, the broken bridges will never recover.
From a basketball standpoint while you Cleveland fans here may disagree, Miami has, and always will be the smarter decision for LeBron, but those sentiments are what makes Cleveland the favorite in the minds of many. But hey, what the hell, Wade is 32+, Bosh 30+, and LeBron soon to be 30+. The window for the team, no matter how much depth Pat Riley adds is not the largest as Wade is breaking down. As a Miami HEAT fan, with 55 million in cap space, and the cleanest slate in the books, I wouldn't mind a rebuild and seeing new, young talent that leads us back to the top in a couple years.
Anyway, that is all. I didn't want to post this in the NBA forum, as almost every thread is about LeBron and probably nobody would pay attention and read the thread.