Over the last week I read article after article about the King going to New York , New Jersey , Miami , or even LA (those were stupid). Then I did some research, and what I found was interesting. Granted, these things are almost common knowledge for most sports buffs or LBJ fans, but I didn't pay much attention to this guy until now.
LeBron James was born in Akron, Ohio. Akron is 38 miles away from Cleveland , which means, on a good day, it takes maybe 45 minutes to get from Cleveland to Akron or vice-versa. So in essence, Cleveland picked up their franchise player from down the street .
There are not a lot of franchise players that played in their hometown (or a short drive away) that are part of a championship-caliber team. Not every franchise player takes over a college arena while never enrolling in it (being ineligible for the NCAA) and calls it home.
I feel the King established his kingdom the moment he stepped inside the arena. Only God knows how much more popular Cleveland became after LBJ showed up. The last time Cleveland had a championship-caliber team was in the 80s, then Michael Jordan destroyed them. The team faded into doormat status* shortly after—like some other franchises that opposed MJ (strangely enough)—until a man named LeBron James walked down the street.
It's not likely that one of greatest players on the floor right now will leave his hometown. It's not a matter of opinion, it's just fact. Ilgauskas was a prime example of loyalty to a team, even after the team shipped him off for a final piece to the team (that they felt could work without him).
Seeing as that will never happen to LeBron, unless the Cavaliers seriously disrespect him to epic proportions, or destroy their team (Shaq is a free-agent at the end of the season), BronBron isn't leaving.
Michael Jordan did the same, having the option to go to New York to play for the Knicks. While playing with an All-Star center in Patrick Ewing would be a great pairing, Jordan rejected the offer to stay with Chicago , where he had already built a following and essentially brought the Bulls to championship contender status.
Instead of going to New York, he went to six championships and immortalization of not only himself, but Chicago as well.
I was talking about basketball with a friend, and a random man walked up and asked if Michael Jordan was still on the Bulls. We looked at him like he was crazy, but my friend decided to play along and told him he was 46 but still the best.
It's amazing when people still remember your name even if they haven't watched basketball in 11 years.
Cleveland may not be the best city in the world, but it's the best city LeBron has lived in. I don't see him sitting down with his family and saying "I'm going to (insert city here), but I'll see you guys on holidays...when I'm not playing on them."
Considering the ridiculous amount of press and media bashing he'll receive making that move, I don't think it will happen. No player has received the amount of press LeBron has received
*No offense to Danny Ferry or Zydrunas Ilgauskas, but you need more than one player to have a championship team. Some of the great players had a doormat team to begin with. To add to the Ilgauskas argument, I wish LeBron came along during his prime years.