Happy Friday everybody! Lebron’s back! I know, you’re probably thinking hey Coach, he already said he was returning during the Cavs Championship parade you idiot. That’s true, it’s not as exciting as when he first announced he returned to the Cavs after he graduation from the University of Miaimi-Heat. Still, the contract he’s about to sign is more than enough for any Cavs fan to float between now and October 25th when the Cleve hangs it’s first championship banner in the Q.
Lebron is signing a 3 year deal, 100 million dollar contract. For the first time in his illustrious career* Lebron will be the top paid basketball player in the NBA. I think we can all agree when I say it’s about damn time. The premier athlete in the NBA who has carried 2 franchises to 6 NBA finals in the last 6 years obviously should be the top paid player in the league. Even better news if you invested your stock in Lebron, he’ll be matching Jordan’s salary record of 33 million dollars in 2017-2018. (Sidenote: the next player to join the 30+ million dollar salary club? Mike Conley.)
All of that money is fantastic and is long overdue, but more importantly, for the first time since the beginning of the 2008 season, Lebron is locked up for more than 1 year with the Cavs. I don’t know about you, but that certainly helps me relax. These 1 and done contracts, while beneficial to the players and exciting for free agency, are enough to give anyone who has been burned by Lebron in the past stomach ulcers. With Miami losing D. Wade, and Durant doing the unthinkable and heading to Oakland, it’s easy to fall into the mindset that Lebron would want to take his talents elsewhere. Winning multiple titles for Cleveland would ultimately allow the Jordan vs. James arguments to follow the narrative for the rest of time, but there were other options available. He could have formed a super team with Melo, Wade, and Porzingis next year in New York and broken their franchises poopy history. Chris Paul is on the last year of his deal, who’s to say the two of them didn’t join up with with Harden in Houston or Westbrook in OKC?
The possibilities when your the greatest are endless. The King choosing to stay in his home court for at least 2 more years is everything to die hard Cleveland fans. 74 days, 8 hours, and 53 minutes (at the time of this posting) until the quest to repeat begins. If history stays true, and the team stays healthy, Cleveland will be celebrating at least their 2nd championship in less than a year. Lebron’s never lost a finals after he won one the previous year (facts only). Now let’s all exhale and enjoy the Indians bringing home the World Series so everyone can #PartyAtNapolis
Fun fact, Doc, Mr. Jersey, and myself were at the Number 9 play in person on that countdown. No big deal but kinda of a big deal.
*If your career isn’t defined with the word illustrious, did you even career at all?