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    http://www.si.com/nba/2014/07/11/leb...land-cavaliers

    Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. Itís where I walked. Itís where I ran. Itís where I cried. Itís where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like Iím their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didnít realize that four years ago. I do now.

    Remember when I was sitting up there at the Boys & Girls Club in 2010? I was thinking, This is really tough. I could feel it. I was leaving something I had spent a long time creating. If I had to do it all over again, Iíd obviously do things differently, but Iíd still have left. Miami, for me, has been almost like college for other kids. These past four years helped raise me into who I am. I became a better player and a better man. I learned from a franchise that had been where I wanted to go. I will always think of Miami as my second home. Without the experiences I had there, I wouldnít be able to do what Iím doing today.

    I went to Miami because of D-Wade and CB. We made sacrifices to keep UD. I loved becoming a big bro to Rio. I believed we could do something magical if we came together. And thatís exactly what we did! The hardest thing to leave is what I built with those guys. Iíve talked to some of them and will talk to others. Nothing will ever change what we accomplished. We are brothers for life. I also want to thank Micky Arison and Pat Riley for giving me an amazing four years.

    Iím doing this essay because I want an opportunity to explain myself uninterrupted. I donít want anyone thinking: He and Erik Spoelstra didnít get along. Ö He and Riles didnít get along. Ö The Heat couldnít put the right team together. Thatís absolutely not true.

    Iím not having a press conference or a party. After this, itís time to get to work.

    When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasnít had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But whatís most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.

    I always believed that Iíd return to Cleveland and finish my career there. I just didnít know when. After the season, free agency wasnít even a thought. But I have two boys and my wife, Savannah, is pregnant with a girl. I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown. I looked at other teams, but I wasnít going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.

    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. It was easy to say, ďOK, I donít want to deal with these people ever again.Ē 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? Iíve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. Weíve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. Iíve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?

    Iím not promising a championship. I know how hard that is to deliver. Weíre not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to win next year, but Iím realistic. It will be a long process, much longer than it was in 2010. My patience will get tested. I know that. Iím going into a situation with a young team and a new coach. I will be the old head. But I get a thrill out of bringing a group together and helping them reach a place they didnít know they could go. I see myself as a mentor now and Iím excited to lead some of these talented young guys. I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league. I think I can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. And I canít wait to reunite with Anderson Varejao, one of my favorite teammates.

    But this is not about the roster or the organization. I feel my calling here goes above basketball. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where Iím from. I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that thereís 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.

    Iím ready to accept the challenge. Iím coming home.

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    Holy shit.

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    WOW ... Speechless. Well... The NBA rigged it up perfectly for Cleveland this whole time I guess.
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    Quote Joey wrote: View Post
    WOW ... Speechless. Well... The NBA rigged it up perfectly for Cleveland this whole time I guess.
    Seriously, what franchise in history goes on to get so many consecutive 1st overalls, then gets the best player in the game to come over as FA?
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    Quote enlightenment wrote: View Post
    Seriously, what franchise in history goes on to get so many consecutive 1st overalls, then gets the best player in the game to come over as FA?
    FUcking clevland does
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    Seriously, what franchise in history goes on to get so many consecutive 1st overalls, then gets the best player in the game to come over as FA?
    So the real question is what happens to MIA?

    Will wade stay?
    Bosh will probably leave for Houston, but yeah what happens to MIA?

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    Cleveland now has an immoveable 14M PG, Wiggins is the SG with Waiter off the bench or vice versa. Bennett... , none of these pieces work. They'll still need a center and Love makes things worse capwise and fit.

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    Wade isn't going to leave Miami.
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    Quote TrueTorontoFan wrote: View Post
    So the real question is what happens to MIA?

    Will wade stay?
    Bosh will probably leave for Houston, but yeah what happens to MIA?
    Miami will suck for the next little while. Probably get 2 or 3 high draft picks....and then 4 years from now we'll have the decision 3.0 where LeBron is deciding whether to go back to Miami.

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    Bet Wade is super happy he passed on over 40mil over the next 2 years.

    McRoberts and Granger must be pretty ecstatic too.

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    Bah, they deserve a little something. When was the last time the Cleveland anythings won a title?

    LeBron now can never leave Cleveland again. He's stuck there with the ownership who could never find him the right pieces he needed to get over the top. No doubt they have better talent now and it's developing talent but still. We'll have to wait and see. This greatly changes the power structure in the east and opens the door for somebody else to stand tall.

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    Finally !!
    Well happy he made the choice to go back home. Now I can get my hate on for the Cavs this coming year !

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    Quote TrueTorontoFan wrote: View Post
    So the real question is what happens to MIA?

    Will wade stay?
    Bosh will probably leave for Houston, but yeah what happens to MIA?
    A tank.

    Though I hate the idea of Bosh going to Houston. My least favorite West team. I don't want them anywhere near the Finals. Riley, give Bosh the 5 year supermax. Get'er done.

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    Fuck Cleveland, but at the same time, good for Lebron.

    I'm really impressed with the reasons why Lebron is going back ó to build something for his family and hometown. But that franchise has been run like shit, as evidenced by how many first picks they'ver recieved since Gilbert wrote that asinine letter 'personally guaranteeing' a championship without Lebron.

    Cleveland doesn't deserve Lebron, to be honest.

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    Yeah, Miami is F'd. Wade must be livid after opting out of those two large years and at a point in his career where he doesn't have much time left.

    I think Melo stays with the Knicks now. This was the best news the Knicks could have got today.

    Winners:
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    Everyone in the east except Miami

    Losers:
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    Wade
    Obnoxious Heat fans everywhere

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    Miami's fucked, but it's all their own fault. They pressured their players into opting out and restructuring their contracts, and now have to figure out a way to make them whole. Not only is Lebron irreplaceable, but there are barely any decent free agents to fill in the gaps.

    I'm glad they got screwed, to be honest. Lebron was the best/2nd best player in the league, carried the team all year, and inflated the value of the franchise by at least a couple hundred million dollars. He was grossly underpaid under the current CBA.

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    In other news, the Cavs have Miami's 2015 pick. It's protected top 10, and it becomes an unprotected pick in 2017.

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    Quote Apollo wrote: View Post
    Yeah, Miami is F'd. Wade must be livid after opting out of those two large years and at a point in his career where he doesn't have much time left.

    I think Melo stays with the Knicks now. This was the best news the Knicks could have got today.

    Winners:
    LBJ
    Cleveland
    NY
    Everyone in the east except Miami

    Losers:
    Miami
    Wade
    Obnoxious Heat fans everywhere

    If Miami doesn't make Wade and Udonis whole, no player or agent will want to deal with Miami for a very, very long time.

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