The Baker Orange

Fans transition with Lebron’s career

Story by Antonio Adgers, Writer

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On June 24, LeBron James announced that he would opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat. Immediately, rumors started to circulate about where he might go next from. Some said he would stay in Miami and restructure his contract. Others said he would go back to the Cleveland Cavaliers and finish his career where it first started. However, no one really knew what he would do.

It was obvious that the Miami Heat would have loved to have kept LeBron James in Miami because the front office of the team made several moves that it thought would swing James’ decision in its own favor. The Heat signed several key scoring options for James when Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts were added to the Heat roster. The Heat also picked up Shabazz Napier in the NBA draft, which was a good move because James expressed great interest in Napier as a collegiate athlete.

However, on July 11, James announced that he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers to continue his career and be closer to his hometown of Akron, Ohio. This decision caught a lot of people by surprise because of the scrutiny that James received when he left the Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat in 2010. However, James stated that he missed his home and he wanted to come back and give the city of Cleveland the championship that it has waited 50 years for.

Cavaliers’ fans seem to be on board with James’ hopes of a championship because hundreds of fans were seen outside his home in Cleveland cheering and wearing his old Cavaliers jersey.

Personally, the decision was hard to agree with when it was first announced, but once I saw the moves that the Cavaliers made around the signing of James, I had to jump on board with it. I have been a fan of LeBron James since he was a rookie and I followed him to Miami with no problem. Now, I will follow him back to Cleveland because he is still my favorite player in the NBA.

The Cleveland Cavaliers wasted no time getting James all of the help that he needed with the signings of well-known three-point shooters and former teammates of James, Mike Miller and James Jones. Also, the Cavaliers traded their first round pick Andrew Wiggins and former first round pick Anthony Bennett for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ star forward Kevin Love. That trade move convinced me that the Cleveland Cavaliers are ready to be put into the limelight and become a championship caliber team.

As a LeBron James fan, I am extremely excited to see what this next season will bring for him and the Cleveland Cavaliers and I am merely one month away from seeing the products of the Cavaliers’ work over the summer.