Returning to Cleveland wasn’t about likability or serving as a symbol of civic renewal for LeBron James. It was about legacy.
How do you want to be remembered? It’s a question we’ve all wrestled with, and it’s one that guided James, who will turn 30 in December, back to where he started his NBA journey.
“The Decision, Part I,” a detestable, self-aggrandizing spectacle, tarnished LeBron’s legacy. Returning to Cleveland and winning a title will burnish it like virtually nothing else could. This hoops homecoming fades the biggest stain on James’s oeuvre, while simultaneously providing the opportunity for his career-defining triumph.
It’s good karma, good business, and a feel-good story for Bron-Bron.
No matter the magnitude of James’s talent and the intentions of his decisions he is never going to be universally loved, outside of his family and inner circle of sycophants. He is Goliath, and as Wilt Chamberlain said, nobody roots for Goliath. The Big Dipper wasn’t entirely right. Lots of people will root for Goliath and buy his sneakers and watch his commercials, but just as many will root against him and revel in his failures.
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