For his entire career LeBron James biggest strength has always been his constant desire to make the right basketball decision.
From his pass to Donyell Marshall in 2007 to his pass to Chris Bosh this year the one thing that has never changed with LeBron is his willingness to put his personal legend on hold to win games and ultimately championships. For him making personal highlights wasn’t as important as making the simple play to get a win. Even off the court LeBron’s biggest decision came down to the right basketball move, leaving a underwhelming supporting cast in Cleveland in 2010 to join Dywane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami which gave him the best shot at multiple NBA titles.
So when he opened up his free agency to multiple teams again this year things still seemed destined to see him return to Bosh and Wade in Miami for another year or two as it clearly gave him his best chance to win the NBA title instead of being paired with the young unproven talent in Cleveland.
Yet LeBron bucked everything his career had been about to this point by signing in Cleveland, a decision LeBron admitted wasn’t totally about basketball in his announcement for SI.com.
My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.
When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.
For LeBron this was about everything but basketball. It was about loyalty and family and friends. Yet it still feels like LeBron won. That first game home game for James and the Cavs next season is going to be one of the most incredible experiences and atmospheres in sports in a long, long time and LeBron earned it.
After years of hoping LeBron wouldn’t make the best basketball play, when almost everyone gave up on the hope, he finally didn’t. And like most things lately when it comes to LeBron he won.