The Miami Heat will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday in a matchup that has Heat fans worried. They aren’t too stressed about the game itself (the Heat should crush the lowly Cavaliers), but they are a little frightened of what impact Cleveland’s franchise might have on the future of their team. Or, more specifically, the impact that Cleveland could have on one player - Lebron James.
After ditching Cleveland as part of “The Decision” during the summer of 2010, James has been trying to repair his relationship with the city. A native of Ohio himself, “The Whore of Akron,” has been almost ridiculous in his attempts to mend fences with the fans that he spurned when he left for South Beach.
A year ago when he was back in Cleveland for a game, James was asked about the possibility of returning to the Cavaliers at some point in his career. “I think it would be great,” he said. “It would be fun to play in front of these fans again. I don’t know what the future holds, but I don’t want to take that [option] out.”
While that could have been just idle chatter to appease the fan base that rooted for him and supported him when he went through the growing pains that all young players go through, it nevertheless opened the door for his possible exit from Miami. He did nothing to quell the fears of Miami fans who were reading into his comments by offering this a day later: “The fans of Miami shouldn’t be worried about anything at this point.”
When James has the option to opt out of his deal with Miami during the summer of 2014, who knows what shape the Heat franchise will be in. By that point, Dwayne Wade and his balky knees may have taken a turn for the worse. Chris Bosh may have allowed his litany of issues both on and off the court to render him more ineffective than he already is. And in a worst-case scenario, the godfather of Miami basketball, Pat Riley, may have decided to pack up and ride off into the sunset.
James has already shown he’s not the most loyal of guys and he might decide that going to Cleveland to play with last season’s Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving, is the best option for him both personally and professionally.
Don’t think so? This is what he said after playing with Irving in the All Star game. According to Miami Herald, he said: “It was awesome to play with Kyrie. He’s going to be unbelievable.”
Miami fans should be concerned. King James may be planning to reverse his decision and return to his old subjects two seasons from now.
Source: (Miami Herald)