LeBron James, thank you for coming back to Cleveland for the second time. The nickname, “The Chosen One,” was clearly shown in 2016, when you helped deliver a championship to the city of Cleveland after overcoming a 3-1 lead against the 73-9 Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
You were clearly the chosen one to bring “The Land” its first title in 52 years. Without you coming back, we would still talk about The Drive, The Fumble, The Shot, Jose Mesa, and other Cleveland sports failures during that stretch.
You came back to Cleveland because of your love and passion for Northeast Ohio. You wanted to win a championship that Cleveland fans have long been waiting for. Coming back was a great surprise, especially following Dan Gilbert’s open letter in 2010 that I will never forgive him for.
I don’t know if this will be the last time we will see you in a Cavs uniform, but whether you leave or not, your legacy in Cleveland will never change. Your legacy here is way far greater than Jim Brown, Bernie Kosar, Omar Vizquel, or any other historical Cleveland sports figure.
Becoming a champion in Cleveland was more significant than the two titles you won in South Beach in 2012 and 2013. Your legacy goes farther than just that title, though. The impact you made on the city of Cleveland extends deep into the hearts of the thousands upon thousands of fans. Cleveland would just be a punchline for the Browns factory of sadness and for the Indians’ constant postseason failures, if not for you.
As much as we Cavs fans want you to stay in Cleveland, we will root for you wherever you go (except the Warriors and Celtics, of course).
P.S.: All we really want is for you to end Golden State’s dynasty in the near future.
Thank You, LeBron, for everything you have done for the City of Cleveland. No athlete could have done better than what you did in the Land.