After the announcement was made this summer that King James would return home to play in Cleveland again, the anticipation for the first game of the NBA season could not have been any bigger– but LeBron couldn’t have played any smaller.
It is safe to say that LeBron’s nerves got the best of him. Coming into this NBA season, he knows that an entire city, Cleveland, is counting on him to capture an NBA championship title. A city where losing seasons with professional sports teams have become a custom. LeBron James is the city’s only hope in bringing Cleveland a championship, and he knows it.
If you don’t follow sports that much or understand the magnitude of the return of James to Cleveland, here it is. No professional sports team in Cleveland (Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers) has won a championship since the Browns in 1964. That’s 50 years ago. And there wasn’t even the Super Bowl then. LeBron is the only chance to lift the “curse” in Cleveland.
Prior to the start of the game on television, Nike debuted an emotional commercial representing the weight of the city that LeBron has on his back, and the will and determination that the Cavaliers have to play their hearts out for the city that is behind them.
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We have seen nerves and high pressure situations get the best of LeBron in the past, but we have also seen him get to the NBA Finals five times and winning two of the championships.
LeBron has a lot to get adjusted to this year. He is not only playing for a new team and under a new head coach, but his team needs to learn how to adjust around LeBron’s style of play. But don’t panic Cleveland, there is still a lot of season left. The 4x MVP and 10x All-Star is not going to let his city down.