In an excerpt from the upcoming book, ‘Return of the King,’ die hard LeBron fans are finally able to get the behind-the-scenes preparation leading up to James’ decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers back in summer 2014.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin shed some light on what went down in those final days.
Even though James made the decision to get out of his contract with the Miami Heat and become a free agent, James allegedly had been speaking on the possibility of returning back home to the Cavs, according to his peers in his inner circle, including his family members, agent Rich Paul, and longtime-friend Maverick Carter.
According Windhorst and McMenamin, after the Heat fell to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals, the thought of going back to Cleveland pushed “to the front of James’ mind.”
The NBA landscape would have looked a whole lot differently. If the Heat had managed to topple the Spurs, the ‘Return of the King’ authors believe The King would’ve kept his talents in South Beach.
Check out this excerpt from the ‘Return of the King’:
“And that meant the hometown Cavs — even if they didn’t know it, and all of their actions showed they didn’t — were in the lead. They were there because James felt a pull to come play at home, where he could live in his Akron mansion and send his kids to Akron-area schools near all of his friends and family and his wife’s friends and family. And he could try to change the course of his career by trying to lead the woebegone Cavs to a championship. He’d followed the team and its moves, and he thought it would be possible.”