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LeBron James announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in an essay posted by SI’s Lee Jenkins, but while doing so, he admitted bringing a title home wasn’t going to be easy.
“I’m not promising a championship,” he said. “I know how hard that is to deliver.”
The difference between when James wrote that letter and today is that Kevin Love is presumably going to be a part of the chase toward bringing that Larry O'Brien Trophy to Cleveland, as reported by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. James, Love and Kyrie Irving comprise arguably the league’s most talented Big Three at this point in the process, but James’ sentiment still rings true—winning a title won’t come easily.
Along with the improvingly talented teams at the top of the Eastern Conference, Cleveland must deal with one other concern: chemistry. Remember that Los Angeles Lakers team that was supposed to compete for a title with Dwight Howard and Steve Nash on board? Things aren’t always easy.
The biggest difference between this Cavs team and that Lakers squad is, obviously, age. With James in his prime, Love possibly in the same category and Irving still maturing, health and tired legs shouldn’t be as big of a problem as it was for Los Angeles in 2012-13.
That said, chemistry is never a guarantee, even when youth and health are on your side, so working out the kinks early will be crucial with a championship run as a goal for the Cavaliers.