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Not Tempted by the Return of the Savior

I don't want Lebron to come back. I think it would be an embarrassment to the team that loved him, the city that loved him, the fans that loved him, and everyone who had their hearts ripped out by his leaving. When I express this opinion, most people laugh at me. And I get it: Lebron is the best player in the NBA right now, maybe the best of all time. His return would instantly make us a championship contender, and possibly a championship favorite. But quite honestly, I'm bitter and emotional about the whole idea. Lebron played for the Cavaliers for seven years, brought us immense success, delivered a whirlwind of fame and money that swirled around Cleveland like never before and never since...and then promptly forced his way off of the team in a confusing haze of awful and uninspiring play, Delonte West rumors and ESPN specials. He left the Cavaliers high and dry, and left Cavaliers fans to wander the streets in a daze of shock and anger.

To people who chirp the usual bring-back-Lebron talking points, like "You're just bitter, you have to see where he was coming from..." Well, I do see where he was coming from, as we all did in the Summer of 2010. He was coming from a an inner circle of greed, collusion and apathy for the emotions of a team, a fan base and an entire city. The Decision was terrible at the time, and three seasons and two championships should not have changed that fact.

As for the claim that "Basketball is just a business, and Lebron is the best, so we should take him back..." Well, basketball clearly is not just a business. If basketball was purely a business, then the Spurs wouldn't have just given Manu Ginobli $14 million for two seasons. If basketball was purely a business, and teams didn't matter, then uniforms would just be laundry and emotional connections to players wouldn't exist.

I may sound crazy. I hope someone agrees with me.

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