There will be no angry letter written about LeBron James by the Miami Heat like the one Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert wrote after James left his team in 2010.
The Heat have simply decided to thank LeBron James, who will sign with the Cavaliers, for his time as a member of their team.
Thanks for the memories pic.twitter.com/ATASOdKdcB
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) July 11, 2014
Miami’s owner Micky Arison also tweeted out kind words to James.
I am shocked & disappointed in today's news. However I will never forget what Lebron brought us for 4 years. Thanks for memories @KingJames
— Micky Arison (@MickyArison) July 11, 2014
It’s refreshing to see the Heat act in such an appropriate way. LeBron led Miami to four straight NBA finals and brought the city two championships. He was everything the Heat thought they were getting when they signed him in 2010 and more.
There would be simply no reason for Miami to hold any ill-will against James for heading back to the Cavs, especially when considering his reason. LeBron simply wanted to go home, as he expressed in his announcement letter on SportsIllustrated.com.
My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from. I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there’s no better place to grow up. Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business. That would make me smile. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get.
In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.
I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.
James averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.4 assists in his final season with Miami.