Apparently, that La Familia twitter profile jargon on LEBRON JAMES’s page was a hint. The four-time NBA MVP announced Friday that he is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team that originally drafted him No. 1 overall out of high school in the 2003 draft.
“My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball,” James told SI.com in a first-person essay. “I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.”
Without question, LeBron’s return immediately squares things with fans of his hometown team. In particular, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert who welcomed James back to his roots via Twitter:
Welcome Home @kingjames. I am excited for the fans and people of Cleveland and Ohio. No fans and people deserve a winner more than them…..
— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) July 11, 2014
King James’s decision ends a four-year run with the Miami Heat in which he teamed together with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to win 2 titles during four straight NBA Finals appearances.
The repercussions are reverberating around the league behind this mild surprise. The Cavs are instant contenders now with a solid, young nucleus that includes point guard Kyrie Irving, sharpshooter Dion Waiters, talented big Tristan Thompson and recent first-round draft pick Andrew Wiggins.
They also must be doing cartwheels in Indiana. The Pacers have to now be the favorites to win the East next season.