Today’s big news in the sports world is that NBA superstar LeBron James is headed back to his home state to play pro ball. I have to admit I have always admired and respected the basketball player. Today I respect the man. I wrote about a few men in Chicago who matured pretty much before our eyes. It wasn’t the simple fact LeBron went back to Cleveland, it was what he said.
In particular, this quote: “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”
I got chills when I heard that read on a local sports radio show. Cleveland could use a shot of good fortune. Especially the sports fans, which bleeds into the everyday lives of so many. As a lifelong Cubs fan, believe me. I know. Cleveland’s sports history is littered with disappointing finishes and watching champions march through their stadiums. Sure there was a nice period in the 90s when the Indians had some success. As a Bulls fan, I can tell you, that flame dies beneath a decade or so of losing.
So kudos to LeBron for making this more about life and less about stringing championships together. Even though, you can have both. Today I became a fan of the man, not just the star hoops player who is giving his former team a second shot.