If LeBron James were to depart from the Miami Heat, his predetermined destination, as determined by those who know little of his life, would be Cleveland.
As stated before, righting wrongs and all of that other sappy stuff plays a part in that belief. But seeing as James left Cleveland once before already, it would be quite the sight to see LeBron win a few titles in Miami only to grow weary of winning and then take his chances on a completely different Cleveland team.
Cleveland has been gifted with several bounces gone their way in the lottery. They received the number one and four picks in 2011, the number four pick in 2012 and most recently the number one pick (seriously) again. As a result, they've built up a solid team through the draft, heralded by Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters and Anthony Bennett, who will make his debut this season.
Suddenly, the Cavaliers have a desirable roster to play with. Throw in a healthy Andrew Bynum and you have a team that's probably going to end up making the postseason. They won't be a championship threat, but they've made great strides since winning 19 games the year after LeBron went to heat it up in Miami.
The main reason why there is speculation of LeBron leaving is due to the health and aging process of Dwyane Wade. The 31-year-old Wade has limped into the Finals these past two years, dealing with nagging knee injuries that have ended up forcing a heavier burden on LeBron and the rest of the team.
Wade recently averaged a mere 16 points on 46 percent shooting, 4.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game in the past postseason. Those are the lowest numbers of his postseason career, even lower than his rookie season numbers.
Naturally, everyone assumes Wade is done for, even though he's still putting together stretches like he did in the final four games of the NBA Finals, where he scored at least 23 points in all but one game.
I've learned from watching Wade that although he may appear lackadaisical at moments, he still comes through when needed most.
He had 23 points and 10 rebounds in the Game 7 clincher against San Antonio, 32 points, six rebounds, six steals and four assists in a crucial Game 4 road win in the same series and dropped 21 points and nine rebounds in the Game 7 clincher of the previous series against Indiana.
There are times where you worry about Wade, but he constantly comes through when needed. He also had a strong 18 points, six assists and five rebounds in the Game 5 clincher against Chicago; a game where LeBron struggled with his shot.
The biggest knock on Wade's game has been his proneness to injuries. But how is it any different from what Kyrie Irving has been through, missing 54 games in first two NBA seasons and an injury-plagued year in college? Andrew Bynum, too, only has one season of more than 65 games played in an eight-year career.
The only difference is LeBron's going from playing with people he's established close friendships with, to a nearly foreign environment in terms of the roster and coaching staff. Yeah, Kyrie is young, but couldn't injuries this early in his career foreshadow a career that will be plagued with injuries?
Oh, and let's just keep forgetting that Chris Bosh exists.
He's only coming off the best shooting year of his career. If there's a bigger role he could fill with the Heat, he, like everyone else on the Heat roster, would step into that position.
The main reason why LeBron isn't leaving Miami is simply because of the publicity and unnecessary attention it would bring to his life. He'll deal with criticism, including claims that he used up Miami for its talent only to bolt for a younger team, even if that younger team is the one he originally scorned.
LeBron has enjoyed the low profile he's taken on, at least off-court, because he still draws plenty of attention for what he does on the court. A departure back to Cleveland would only draw criticism and bring back memories of 2010 when LeBron was looked at as a quitter or traitor.
As for the talk of Cleveland being his hometown and whatnot, he already played there. For seven years. What more does he owe the city and franchise? He gave seven extraordinary, historic years of basketball to that city.
Even if they don't have a championship to show for it, they have memories of watching the best basketball ever played by someone in a Cleveland uniform.
LeBron is doing what he came to Miami to do: win championships. He's not going to leave that behind because his two All-Star teammates are aging on a yearly basis. He was aware when joining the team that it takes the Earth 365 days to revolve around the Sun and that Wade and Bosh would get older.
The criticism on Wade has been blown up. We'll hear plenty about his injuries and unbalanced play, but won't hear how incredible he was during Miami's 27-game winning streak or that he just shot a career-high 52 percent from the field.
Wade has become the perfect complement to LeBron. Does that happen with a young Kyrie Irving? Does he tell LeBron, "Sure you can be the primary option. I know it's the best years of my basketball career I'm sacrificing here, but go on ahead?"
LeBron has already, willingly, been given the reins in Miami. He doesn't want to go through that trial-and-error process again. He wants to continue being the undisputed number one option without having to go through the process of learning how to play with a new team and new players.
LeBron has learned to play outside of his comfort zone with Miami, but does he want to go completely out of his comfort zone to play with another team?
Even though he's winning more than ever before and still has an arsenal of NBA champions by his side?
Didn't think so.