LeBron James’ return to Northeast Ohio to play against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night was an emotional experience for everyone inside Quicken Loans Area. Following the game, James issued a heartfelt message to the city of Cleveland and the people who call it home.
Back in 2010, James was welcomed with anger and vitriol when he returned to Cleveland as a member of the Miami Heat. On Wednesday night, however, James was welcomed back to Cleveland with open arms, as he received a standing ovation at the onset of the game.
While James is now a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, it is clear that much of his heart and much of his identity as a player remain in Cleveland.
While there is no telling what the future holds, it would undoubtedly be a delight to see James return to play for the Cavs once his current contract with the Lakers comes to an end. It seems quite unlikely, but it would be pretty special to watch him ride off into the sunset wearing the Wine and Gold.