Why LeBron James Will Stay in Cleveland With the Cavaliers

Kelsey GivensAnalyst IIJune 5, 2010

CLEVELAND - MAY 11: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on while playing the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 11, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. Boston won the game 120-88 to take a 3-2 series lead. 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Everyone is speculating about what LeBron James will decide to do when the free agents are free to begin signing with new teams for next season.

Many are saying he will leave Cleveland, and are trying to guess where he will go next.

But what makes everyone so sure LeBron is decidedly leaving Cleveland?

Cleveland is the King’s home. Cleveland is where he grew up and Cleveland is where he has made a name for himself.

Why would he throw that all away, when every year his team is getting better and better?

Sure this season didn’t end as well as the Cavaliers and their fans would have liked, but they got pretty far and played pretty well.

The management of the Cavaliers’ franchise even fired the most successful coach in the team’s entire history just to appease James, and show that with the right coach the Cavaliers could win a NBA championship and break the Cleveland curse.

I believe that despite all of the speculation, James will decide to stay in Cleveland, at least for now.

James and the rest of the members of the Cavaliers have only had a couple of seasons to play together. When the coaches and owners of the team keep trading players for those they think will be better additions to the team, they don’t give the remaining team members a chance to build the kind of chemistry needed to become a championship team.

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If the owners and coaches of the Cavaliers give the current team a chance to build a better sense of team chemistry, then the Cavaliers would have a much greater chance at winning a championship.

If James stays, then he can continue to build chemistry with the teammates he has played with for several seasons, which could provide him with the type of team around him he needs to support his talent.

James may also stay because he is still a relatively young player, and needs to continue to improve his skill and consistency when it comes to post-season games, such as the playoffs and finals. As he continues to capitalize on his extraordinary talent and work with it, he will become an even greater star that can help win championships for his team.

It is also likely that James will stay because Cleveland and James have become synonymous with one another. When someone thinks Cleveland, they think LeBron James. Building up that kind of star image would be hard to do anywhere else where there are other popular established players.

James may also choose to stay in Cleveland because Cleveland is home.

Even if he were to leave and play for another team, much of his family and friends live in Cleveland, which would give him greater incentive to stay and be closer to them instead of leaving to live and play in another city.

James may choose to stay or leave, but no one will know exactly what James chooses to do until he announces his decision for next season.