What If LeBron Never Left Cleveland?

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What If LeBron Never Left Cleveland?
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When LeBron James decided to take his talents to South Beach in 2010, the NBA changed forever.

The Heat instantly became the team to beat in the Eastern Conference, and James instantly became the arch-enemy of nearly every basketball fan in the world.

Four years later, LeBron has two more MVP awards, two Finals victories and four Finals appearances. Pundits still debate, however, whether LeBron's decision and the Heat's superteam "worked:" Should Miami have been expected to win more than two titles in four years? Did The Decision taint James' legacy forever?

It's fun to imagine how things might have played out differently had LeBron announced he was staying in Cleveland around this time four years ago.

Would he have ever won a title with the Cavaliers?

Would he still have become an antagonistic figure in the NBA?

Would he have developed into the same player he has become in Miami?

Today, as we begin our wait for LeBron's new decision about whether to stay in Miami or head elsewhere, let's imagine how it all might have played out if LeBron's decision had been different the first time around.

What if LeBron had never left Cleveland?

I'm not going to tell you for certain what would have happened. I'm just going to share with you one possible course of events that could have happened had James tipped the dominoes in a different direction.

Turn back the clocks to July 8, 2010. Twenty-five-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James is about to make an announcement that could drastically change the landscape of the NBA...

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