Dear LeBron James: Leave Cleveland or Regret It the Rest of Your Life

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IMay 15, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 13:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands by in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Cavaliers 94-85.  NOTE TO USER: User Expressly Acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Dear LeBron James,

It's time to go.

You've spent the last seven years of your life carrying the Cleveland Cavaliers on your shoulders, and when you finally asked for just a little in return, you got nothing.

Everybody is entitled to a bad game, but yours proved something. It proved that the Cleveland Cavaliers are not who we thought they were.

We thought the Cavaliers were a deep, talented team, but we found out there true colors.

We found out that they are a bunch of past-their-prime (Shaquille O'neal), overrated (Antwan Jamison), undesired (Mo Williams) fools.

This was the best supporting cast Cleveland can offer and it doesn't seem to be getting better any time soon.

The fact is, LeBron, that if you don't leave, you will be locked into these teammates for the next two or three years.

You may also be considering staying in Cleveland so you can be loyal, LeBron.

Don't even think about it!

Why be loyal to the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron?

It took them six years to get you a supporting cast that can actually dribble, pass, and shoot, and they didn't seem to be very good at it any way. Your teammates proved that they don't give a damn about winning a title, but you do.

Sure, the Cavaliers front office has tried their hardest to surround you with talent, but they've failed, and failed miserably.

You may want to build your legacy with one team, you may want to be loyal to the city where you were born and raised. You may want to stay and not throw Cleveland back into the gutter like you found them.

But you have to.

People will continue call you a choke artist, fraud, and showman.

Is that really how you want to be remembered?

The fact is, LeBron, that Jordan didn't win until he got Pippen. Dr. J didn't win until he got Moses Malone. Kobe didn't win until he got Shaq.

If you look back in the history books, all championship teams either have two great players or a team that gels unbelievably well with no stars and no selfish players.

You get neither in Cleveland.

Derrick Rose is waiting in Chicago, Wade in Miami, and a whole lot of money to bring in whoever the hell you want in New York.

Ohio is not where superstars turn into legends.

Ohio is where would-be legends turn into superstars.

The Browns, Cavs, Bengals, Indians.

They just don't win.

LeBron, you need to get out of Cleveland, fast, or you'll regret it the rest of your life.

If you want to be larger than life, then you must get out of there.

If you want to win, be beloved, immortal, and a worldwide icon, then there are a few places to turn.

None of those places are Cleveland.


Yours Truly,