Letter To LeBron James
On the morning of you becoming a free agent here is an insight into the typical NBA fan’s mindset as free agency begins. As the best crop of players ever to hit the open market dawns, you alone have the power to change the game the way Magic and Larry did. You can save the game of basketball, establish it as your league and make the future something we all look forward to. Stay in Cleveland LeBron, your home team that has nourished and grown with you. The same folks, who cheered you as a high school phenom, now look to you as a role model for themselves and their kids, the city that has embraced you as their prodigal son, their savior. You are the King of Cleveland, just like Jay-Z and Derek Jeter are the Kings of New York.
Before you burst onto the scene the only thing the world knew about the basketball in the state of Ohio was the immaculate shot that Michael Jordan hit over Craig Ehlo. Cleveland Cavaliers basketball was nothing before LeBron James and won’t be without you. When you showed up with your freakish hops, unparalleled passing skills, and the flare for the dramatic that can only be dubbed by Kobe Bryant and tinsel town, the world took notice. You captivated fans across the globe and brought basketball back to the forefront of American culture like it was in the late eighties and early nineties. Don’t let the appeal of the big city lights and a supersized contract is your deciding factor, think of all the kids who dream of being LeBron while shooting hoops in their driveways and on neighborhood courts. The parents, who would have to sell their houses in order to afford tickets to a Knicks or Heat game, think of them before you make the jump to a new franchise. Change the perception of today’s athletes, don’t just say, “It’s not about the money,” prove it by remaining loyal to the organization and fans that have treated you like a God. You have a unique opportunity in front of you, one that most people only dream of, a chance to choose your destiny and cement your legacy among the greats. If you choose to go to Chi-town, all the comparisons to MJ will haunt you and you will never have your own page in history. Chicago is Michael’s town not yours. The media will always be saying “Mike did it this way,” and “Mike won six rings,” the man already has a statue in front of the arena that you would call home, there is not room for another one. Do the right things and Cleveland will build a statue of you, maybe even name the court after you and make a statewide celebration day in your honor, Chicago will only want more than they got from MJ.
The world will be waiting with anticipation to see what your next move will be. The domino effect will play out with the other big name free agents like; Wade, Bosh, and Amare once you show your hand. Fans will cheer for you no matter where you decide to go, but you will be respected by everyone if you finish your career with the team that brought you into the league and made you a household name. Remain in Cleveland and watch as the winds of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars.
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