LeBron James, The Prodigal Son and His Pursuit of Championship Glory

Frances WhiteAnalyst IIJuly 9, 2010

HOLLYWOOD - JULY 12:  LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat poses together during a break at the 2006 ESPY Awards at the Kodak Theatre on July 12, 2006 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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The Summer of 'Le Decision' is officially over; Lebron has decided to vacate his throne for a chance to win championships as a Miami Heat.  

His way of announcing that decision did not sit well with Cleveland Cavalier owner, Dan Gilbert.  His comments were so scathing that ESPN had to call the Cavaliers PR team to confirm the truthfulness of the statement. 

He spoke of how they accommodated James and how the way he chose to announce his choice spoke of narcissism. Lebron never bothered to inform Gilbert before he spoke on national television.

Cleveland had become plugged into the matrix called LeBron James, for seven years they got their thrill and financial worth from his performances. Players still spoke badly about the town though, the Cleveland faithful didn't care they had Lebron.

The City of Cleveland had began to act like they owned him and he had no other choice but to remain in Lebron town.  A place where he was coddled and was able to continue living in an insular environment that kept him stuck in time mentally.

The NBA gods had gifted them a player that transcended basketball with his skills and it had them acting like drug crazed lunatics and that drove him out of town. Cleveland may be too angry to see that this bitter betrayal may have just saved them from continuing to be their own worst enemy.

For once in his life, Lebron James acted like an adult about his basketball legacy. It looked like he took the easy way out but in fact he finally gets a chance to breathe.  

Being in Cleveland had begun to make him feel like he was stuck in a Dali painting unable to get a clear focus on how to accomplish his dream of getting an NBA championship.

He looked around his now defunct kingdom and saw that he had no resources to bring championships to Cleveland.  He saw that he with the help of the Cleveland Cavaliers was responsible for more than just basketball. He was responsible for the economic viability of the whole region.

The ending to this will he stay, will he go saga has shown how heavy his crown was. Lebron saw that his mere presence in Cleveland made it impossible to attract the help that he needed.  A less than prime time Shaquille o'Neal, and a timid Antoine Jamison does not count.

James saw that players were less than thrilled at being relegated to spare parts and playing Lebron-ball. He was a prince who declared himself king before he had made his mark on the NBA playoff landscape.

In the end the one thing that truly showed him the way to South Beach was that Pat Riley spoke to him like a man. Riley didn't cater to his ego like the other teams instead; he simply wore the seven championship rings he amassed during his NBA career to the meeting. That spoke volumes to James' pride, and that was the evidence and incentive that sealed the deal for James.

The Miami Heat was the only one of his suitors who had sniffed championship glory in the last 10 years. The fact that Dywane Wade and Chris Bosh are there will give him the necessary breathing room to grow as a person.

That is what drove James to abdicate his throne, an opportunity to win and not wanting to be the only act in town.