LeBron James has admitted that the Cleveland Cavaliers are not ready to win the NBA title despite announcing his return home to the Cavs for the 2014-15 NBA season and beyond on Sports Illustrated's website.
LeBron has finally made his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers after weeks of pondering his NBA free agency decision. King James has been strongly linked with returning home to his first NBA ball club for months, but delays in the last 24 hours suggested he might be about to change his mind and resign with Miami Heat.
Having won two championships and appeared in four NBA Finals during his four seasons with the Heat, LeBron is likely to want to have more glory in the coming years with the Cavaliers, but he explained in his essay on the Sports Illustrated website that he knows they can't be a success overnight.
Some may call this as a move from LeBron to downplay the chances of the Cavs in his first season, and a move to take the pressure off his new teammates. But his comments seem genuine, and he insists he's ready for the long building process the Cavs will take before their ready to achieve glory.
"I’m not promising a championship. I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to win next year, but I’m realistic. It will be a long process, much longer than it was in 2010," explained LeBron.
"My patience will get tested. I know that. I’m going into a situation with a young team and a new coach. I will be the old head. But I get a thrill out of bringing a group together and helping them reach a place they didn’t know they could go."
One of the stumbling blocks regarding LeBron's return to Cleveland was understand to be the letter that Cavs' owner Dan Gilbert wrote when James departed Cleveland in 2010.
Dan Gilbert referred to LeBron as a "coward" and mocked his nicknames 'King James' and 'The Chosen One.' Gilbert has never publicly apologized for those comments, but they certainly haven't stopped LeBron returning.
James admits that the letter and the booing from the Cavs fans had made it hard for him to return. But when he received support from his wife and family, he explained that going back to Cleveland was the only choice.
"To make the move I needed the support of my wife and my mom, who can be very tough. The letter from Dan Gilbert, the booing of the Cleveland fans, the jerseys being burned -- seeing all that was hard for them," LeBron added.
"I’ve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We’ve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?"