NBA Free Agency: A Tale of Two Cities From LeBron James' Decision

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJuly 6, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 13:  LeBron James #23  of the Cleveland Cavaliers tries to rally his team 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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For the faithful of Cleveland, what is to come in the next few days could be the best of times, it could be the worst of times.

What the Cavalier fans are going through right now can only be described as an extra slo-mo version of what they have been suffering through since the last title for the city in 1964.

The free agency talk, which really started when New York began to dismantle its team two years ago, has created, at least in the back of every Cavs fan's mind, a familiar feeling.

When hearing about the possibility of LeBron fleeing Cleveland for Chicago, Miami, New Jersey, or New York, each Witness can't help but simultaneously remember Red Right 88, The Drive, The Fumble, The Shot, and Jose Mesa.

In the mind of the collective Clevelanders and Cavalier fans alike, they live in a city where all of these things happened and are still relevant.  For the Witnesses, if their king were to leave, it would be another thing on the long list of events that contributes to the belief that God hates Cleveland.

And if he does leave, it may just be true.

If LeBron leaves the shores of Lake Erie, you had better believe that Cleveland will continue its funk and continue to be the forlorn city it has been since before the Super Bowl era began in the NFL.

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The departure of the city's chosen one would hurt every aspect of the city.  Everything from the already bleak economy of Cleveland to the moral of the everyday Cleveland sports fan.

The decision of one man will change the fate of an entire city.

It sounds too good to be true to many Northeastern Ohio sports fanatics that LeBron would simply re-sign with the Cavs. The Cleveland sports fan is too tortured to believe it would be that simple.

The Cleveland sports fan pines for it all to go away, and to him, LeBron staying would be the start of the reversal of the bad luck in Cleveland. 

The return of King James to Cleveland would be similar to a championship for the city, it would be the biggest sports-related win for the city since they won the lottery back in 2003.

It doesn't matter that LeBron hasn't won a title in his seven years so far in Cleveland.  Even the past two postseason disappointments don't matter.  All that matters is what could happen.

Right now, it is as if John Elway's pass to Mark Jackson seems off the mark.

Right now it seems as if the referee is about to call a foul on Michael Jordan for pushing off Craig Ehlo.

Right now it seems as if LeBron is staying in Cleveland (to the Cleveland sports fan that is), and the Cleveland sports fan is living in the city of his dreams.

It is all up to LeBron right now, whether it will be sweet dreams for Cleveland or the start of yet another horrible nightmare.