LeBron James will never truly be 'home' again despite returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers last week. This is the opinion of LA Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who says that LeBron will never be able to recreate the relationship he once had with Cavaliers' fans.
James had an extremely successful career with Cleveland Cavaliers first time out, but Kareem insists that his second stint with the ball club won't be the same. The reason for this is because of the way LeBron left the Cavs back in 2010, but Kareem does credit the four-time league MVP for going head first into a "firestorm."
LeBron's decision to come home and play basketball with the Cavaliers again has gained a lot of publicity, which includes Skylar Grey's remix of her hit song 'Coming Home.'
In a guest column for Time, Abdul-Jabbar writes about LeBron's return to the Cavs and states that the residents of Cleveland are now more wary.
“Once we leave home and are battered about by our adventures in life, we become changed. And in our disillusioned minds our ‘home’ becomes a romanticized symbol of our innocence where we dreamed limitlessly and were loved unconditionally. But that home, too, has changed because of our absence. The residents are more wary. So it is with LeBron and Cleveland."
Although Kareem's words are quite strong and seem to almost criticize LeBron, he offered plenty of praise during his piece about the four-time league MVP.
Comparing James to a husband that left his wife for a brief affair, Kareem praises James for returning to the scene of the crime.
"All that doesn’t make LeBron’s desire to return any less sincere. Who hasn’t at some time or other hurt those we loved? And it takes a lot of courage to return to what many Clevelanders might consider “the scene of the crime.” LeBron is one of the best players in the world. He could have gone anywhere, but he chose Cleveland, knowing he would have to endure a firestorm of criticism.”
LeBron's Cleveland contract is not official yet but it's understood that the deal will be over two years. One of the main reasons for the shortness of the deal is because of the upcoming TV deal in two seasons that will likely increase the value of max contracts in the NBA.
It's said that LeBron's honesty regarding his desire to end his career with the Cavs is still genuine. It's just his desire to make the most amount of money possible from the rest of his playing career is also evident.