July 8th is a day that will live in infamy for Cleveland Cavaliers fans. "The Decision" might rank as the number one worst sports moment in Cleveland history. However, not too many people think about what the best moment is. Is it the 1947 World Series? Is it LeBron James leading the Cavs past the Detroit Pistons in 2007 to reach the N.B.A. Finals? How about this one? The one that hasn't happened yet.
Although there is only a slight chance, a very slight one at that, LeBron may return to the city he just ruined on national television. This is not a joke. How can 479,000 people go from pain to pleasure in a five to seven year period? There is one way. It could involve a second betrayal, if you want to call it that.
LeBron said, " If there was an opportunity for me to return, and those fans welcome me back, that'd be a great story." However, James has no love for Cleveland. "So we didn't actually like Cleveland. We hated Cleveland growing up. There's a lot of people in Cleveland that we still hate to this day."
When asked about Dan Gilbert's letter, James said, " I don't think he ever cared about LeBron. My mother always told me 'You will see the light of people when they hit adversity. You'll get a good sense of their character.' Me and my family have seen the character of that man."
James expressed his love for the fans though. "I love our fans. Cleveland fans are awesome."
So what is Cleveland supposed to take from this? Is this a good sign that LeBron will return to restore his image? Or is he just trying to appease the fans he just upset on national television? Also, can Cavs fans really welcome LeBron back? What does he want the fans to do, treat him like royalty in the slim hope that he will come back? Maybe he is dangling a carrot in front of the horse. That is unless he is sincere and wants to come back. With what has happened, there is no surefire way to determine LeBron's future intentions. At this point, it seems easier to say Cleveland needs to move on. Maybe they can know the possibility is there, without betting on it.
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