Lebron James is only one move from deteriorating the legacy that many individuals believed would grow to be as great as those at the likes of Michael Jordan. When Lebron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010, he received plenty of criticism as he was called a quitter, a loser, unloyal, and even a liar. But ever since Lebron James joined the Miami Heat, he began to build up the legacy that someone as great as him deserved to have. Lebron fan or not, credit is due where credit is due; no one can take away from the fact that Lebron James is the greatest player in the league. But talks of Lebron being as great as Jordan will never be valid if he leaves Miami. You don’t build a legacy by jumping from team to team every few years when your current roster isn’t getting the job done. When your team isn’t performing well, you don’t bail on them; you regenerate them. As a team leader, you should be there to help your team when they’re struggling; not leave them when they need you most.
The only team that Lebron could go to without jeopardizing his legacy is the Cleveland Cavaliers. In fact, it’d probably make his legacy even more historic. Lebron promised the Cavaliers that he’d get them a championship after the team got swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2007 NBA Finals, but failed to keep that promise and left to join the Miami Heat.
But that’s the thing with Lebron – he makes promises that he can’t keep. Not only did he fail to keep his promise to get Cleveland a championship, but he also failed to make his promise that he made to Miami. He promised that he’d bring the team eight championships, and even though even he knew that wouldn’t happen, the fact is he didn’t even try to accomplish that. He only kept a quarter of that promise with two championships, and to leave the team after the beating they took by the Spurs in the 2014 Finals is basically a legacy killer.
If he were to stay with the team, play his heart out, and attain vengeance in the next year’s Finals if they were to meet again, that would mark an industrial moment in his path to greatness. Like I previously said, Cleveland is the only place where his legacy can still remain great, as a huge portion of his legacy still lies in the heart of the Cavaliers, but any other moves besides remaining with the Heat would drop Lebron in talks of being one of the greatest of all time.
Lebron’s next decision will be much more controversial than his decision in 2010, because now he has so much more on the line. Good can come from whatever decision he makes in terms of winning more championships, but staying in Miami or going home to Cleveland are Lebron’s only two choices if he wants to remain in talks of him being as great as those at the likes of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, etc.