LeBron James came home to Ohio to lead the Cavaliers — and the city of Cleveland — to the promised land. It took him two seasons to do it, and that short wait made it even more gratifying for everyone involved. 52 years after its last one, Cleveland has a major sports championship. And a year after James, in a losing effort, had about the best NBA Finals in history — he had an even better one as the Cavs took the trophy.
Having accomplished what he set out to do in Cleveland, James was now bound for the Lakers or some other brightly lit place — so whispered the rumor mill. After all, James hadn’t promised multiple championships to Ohio. But it’s not true. Once lured from Cleveland by the gleam of Miami, this time James is staying put. “I love it here in Cleveland,” James said during the championship parade. “I have no intentions of leaving… that’s right from the horse’s mouth,” he assured the fans.