LeBron James is back in Cleveland and that’s never going to get old saying, as the king has returned and all is once again well in the land of Cleveland basketball.
Of course, there’s work to be done to make sure the rosters are up to snuff and that a title can be won but outside of that there’s a buzz around Cleveland and that has everything to do with LeBron James.
Before he returned though, there was a question of if he’d be able to work for Dan Gilbert again after all that transpired when LeBron left four years ago. He addressed that in the letter he wrote announcing his return and noted that he and Gilbert talked it out.
“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. My emotions were more mixed,” James told Sports Illustrated. “It was easy to say, “OK, I don’t want to deal with these people ever again.” But then you think about the other side. What if I were a kid who looked up to an athlete, and that athlete made me want to do better in my own life, and then he left? How would I react?
James also addressed the letter that Gilbert wrote back in 2010 that is now an infamous part of LeBron leaving four years ago:
“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?”