Cavs fans rejoice as LeBron returns to his hometown


Photo: Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal/MCT

LeBron James listens as Usher sings the National Anthem before action against the New York Knicks on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

By Laith Rashdan, The Flyer Staff

It’s been 4 years, believe it or not, since LeBron James announced that he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers and taking his talents to South Beach to join the Miami Heat. There, he joined forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to form what many called a “superteam.”

Cavalier fans were heartbroken — and angry — by this decision.

Now James has returned. Over the summer, he announced he would be returning to his home state and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

But is all forgiven?

Longtime Cleveland Cavaliers fan and Fairmont junior Matt Berlon has not forgotten about James’ decision four years ago, but does forgive him.

“I forgive him, but I’m still pretty upset he left,” Berlon said.

Junior Caleb Parsons, another Cavaliers fan, also forgives LeBron.

“I have forgiven LeBron because I realized that it was strictly a business decision to leave Cleveland for Miami,” Parsons said.

But Cleveland native Javon Douglas is still very upset about James’ decision four years ago. “I think it was unfair and selfish,” the Fairmont junior said.

However, Berlon, Douglas and Parsons all agree that Cavs fans should welcome LeBron back even after he decided to join the Heat four years ago.

“Why would anyone not want the greatest player as of now on their team?” Berlon asked.

Parsons agrees. “I do think Cavs fans should welcome him back because his decision was business, and he now gives fans something to be excited about,” he said.

Douglas notes that James’ return is a key factor in the rebuilding of the Cleveland pro team. “Without him, the Cavaliers wouldn’t have the players they have today,” he said.

LeBron James is now playing alongside two-time all-star Kyrie Irving and three-time all-star Kevin Love. Some Cavs fans have very high expectations for Cleveland this season.

“I’m expecting a championship. Nothing less than that,” Berlon said.

Others have tempered their expectations for this year. “I think they’ll make it to the playoffs and get eliminated in the third round of the Eastern Conference Finals,” Douglas said.

Parsons says he expects the Cavs to at least make it to the Finals.

“Obviously I would love a ring, but I realize it will take the team time to gel,” he said.

Overall, these Fairmont Cavs fans are very optimistic about LeBron’s return.

“I think LeBron returning to Cleveland is a great thing not only for the Cavs, but for the city itself,” Douglas said.

Parsons has similar thoughts.

“It gives us as fans a team that we can root for come playoffs and gives us a team to be proud of,” he said.