LeBron James took his talents to Cleveland on Friday as the prodigal son returns to the Cavaliers after four years with the Miami Heat that resulted in four trips to the NBA Finals and two NBA titles alongside Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.
Bosh re-signed with the Heat on Friday evening for five years and $118 million and Wade is expected to re-sign with the Heat as Pat Riley attempts to keep the band together despite losing its frontman, a decision that Wade said he understood, because James had to do what was best for him and his family via the Associated Press’ Tim Reynolds:
“As a friend and a teammate, I am sad to see my brother LeBron leave to begin a new journey. In 2010, we decided to come together all for one goal — to win championships and we succeeded. We were friends when we first joined the league and created an unbreakable bond the past four years. Our collaboration will always be very special to me both personally and professionally. We shared something unique and he will always be part of my family. LeBron made the right decision for him and his family because home is where your heart is. I know this was not an easy decision to make and I support him in returning to his roots. As an organization, a community, and as individuals, we achieved the goals we set when we first signed on together. We are champions.”
A classy response from Wade.
Their time may not have lasted as long as Wade, Riley or Heat fans would have preferred, but he did bring two championships to the Heat, invigorated a fanbase and helped create memories that will never fade away.
However, if home is where the heart is, why didn’t the Chicago-area native Wade sign with the Chicago Bulls four seasons ago when he was a free agent?