Throughout SF LeBron James’s NBA career, he has played a majority of it with the Cleveland Cavaliers in two separate stints. These two stints lasted from 2003-2010 and 2014-2018. The debate that goes on between Cleveland fans is if LeBron is considered a friend or a foe to Cleveland.
There are reasons that can make both cases valid.
First off, LeBron can be considered a foe of Cleveland since he left the Cavaliers twice to join two other NBA teams. He first announced on live television back in 2010 that he “was taking his talents to South Beach” to join the Miami Heat. The second time around was after the 2018 NBA season where LeBron became a free agent and decided he wanted to join the Los Angeles Lakers.
The fact LeBron left Cleveland gives fans a bit of frustration since he did it two different times. There is another ideology, though. LeBron James can be considered a friend to Cleveland by breaking the Cleveland Professional Sports Curse by winning the 2016 NBA Championship against the Golden State Warriors.
As a Cavaliers fan myself, I, like most Cleveland fans were not super fond of LeBron once he left the first time for Miami, but the second time I did not feel bitter. LeBron brought Cleveland a championship, something that has not happened in 52 years. That alone makes him a Cleveland Legend regardless of wherever else he plays.
For the time being, I have to consider LeBron a foe since he is still playing in the NBA and not for the Cavs. That will change once he retires.
Once LeBron James retires, he will not only be a friend of Cleveland but a legend of Cleveland. I firmly believe that once he retires from the NBA, the Cavs will retire his number and build him a statue. Until that time, LeBron is a foe. LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers come into town tonight, January 25, 2021, to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at 8:00 p.m.
Until retirement LeBron, you are a foe, but after that, you will forever be a friend. The City of Cleveland thanks you for the Championship and every good thing you have done for us.
Let’s go Cavs!!