The Summer of 2010: Is Lebron James Leaving Cleveland?

AccountKiller AccountKiller@AccountKillerContributor IJune 10, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 13:  LeBron James #23  of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts late 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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To everyone who knows and loves the game of basketball, seeing LeBron James in any other uniform other than that of the Cleveland Cavaliers seems unrealistic.

For those of you who feel that LeBron James will continue to play with his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, think again. If LeBron James were any other ordinary superstar that was drafted by his hometown team, then this would not be an issue.

Yet James, unlike any other superstar, has aspirations far outside of the basketball world. LeBron James sets his goals high.

While he may want to be remembered as the best basketball player of all time (a feat he could easily accomplish with the correct amount of devotion), James would rather be the first billion dollar athlete. James would rather be known worldwide for things other than basketball.

This past off season, Kobe Bryant worked on his post moves, an area in his game someone could hardly call a weakness. 

LeBron James, on the other hand, wrote a book and filmed his movie More than a Game in the off season. The title of this movie resembles James' approach towards the game of basketball.

Unlike any other superstar that has every played in the National Basketball Association, LeBron James views basketball as more than just a game played on the court. He views it as his way to accomplish his dreams outside of the hardwood floors.

Without the game of basketball, LeBron would not be the wealthy, successful businessman he is today. He is using basketball to achieve his true aspirations; his aspirations do not include winning six championships. His goals are to become the first billion dollar athlete and to become a globally known icon. Neither of these things can be achieved playing for his hometown team.

This then leads to the summer of 2010. Lebron James will, in what seems apparent from his goals, leave Cleveland and head to a bigger market.

LeBron has outgrown the city of Cleveland and his business potentials in the small city of Cleveland, Ohio. He needs to be in a place where he can achieve his financial goals.

As a fan of the game of basketball, I hope that LeBron James stays in Cleveland and shows the world that anything Michael Jordan can do, LeBron can do better. But that cannot be done without LeBron's full dedication to being the best basketball player the world has ever seen.

Therefore, in the summer of 2010,  LeBron James will move to a big market city in either New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles. He will then challenge the business world and attempt to achieve his true aspirations, disregarding his legacy as a player of the game of basketball.