On Friday we were greeted with the news that NBA superstar LeBron James is returning back to his beloved Cleveland Cavaliers. Is this the right move for the two-time NBA champion?
LeBron's latest decision
With an ageing roster and a lack of depth in Miami compared to the up-and-coming young roster in Cleveland, I think James has made a wise and calculated decision to return home and try to bring the city of Cleveland its first championship in 50 years.
Both James and owner Dan Gilbert have grown over the past four years and both apologised for the way things were handled in 2010. This is a win-win situation for everyone in Cleveland, James is now back in his hometown raising his family, Cleveland have their golden child back and owner Gilbert is seeing dollar signs in his eyes as season tickets sold out within eight hours of the announcement.
The NBA season ended one month ago, yet it still continues to dominate sports headlines because of one man. James is a global superstar and the news that he is going back to his home state has been welcomed across the world. It provides great storylines and plot twists to the next NBA season but it also opens up the Eastern Conference.
The Miami Heat - along with the Indiana Pacers - have dominated the weaker Eastern Conference the past four years with James in their team, but take him out and now we have four or five teams contending.
Any team losing James will grieve the loss and I think this Miami team may struggle. The Heat are the only losers in this situation. They should still qualify for the playoffs next year, no doubt but when they get there they may struggle with their lack of depth.
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