LeBron James' Decision: Cleveland Is the Answer

kyle fisherContributor IJuly 7, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16:  LeBron James #23  of the Cleveland Caveliers throws powder in the air before the start of the NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on January 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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As a teenager, LeBron James was a Godsend to Ohio. When Cleveland was blessed with the number one overall NBA draft pick the same year LeBron James was eligible, James was anointed "the Chosen One." 

Up until now, LeBron has delivered on all of the hype. He took Cleveland four wins away from a title, winning back-to-back MVP's and continually adding to an unfathomable and limitless collection of highlights.

But now, in the most anticipated free agency of all time, it's time for LeBron James to choose where he will play basketball for what could be the rest of his career. 

This is the moment that LeBron James has been waiting for. This is the moment in which the basketball world revolves around one singular entity. 

In the past few months, we've seen how eagerly teams have pursued James. He has every organization in the NBA bowing at his feet.

LeBron could command hundreds of millions of dollars, have every team try to appease him and search out the best roster for a championship. 

The Cleveland Cavaliers have nothing to offer him besides more money and a close proximity to his native land. They can't offer him a loaded roster or offer to make him a global mogul, so why stay in Cleveland and possibly spend the rest of his career in anguish and turmoil?

Why? Because it's his legacy on the line. Don't get me wrong, regardless of where he goes, he'll have a well-established legacy.

But Cleveland is where we all want to remember LeBron playing. He is the chosen one for Ohio, the professional wasteland of futility. 

LeBron will be remembered as one of the best of all time, but if LeBron can deliver championships for his home state, carrying the team on his shoulders like he's capable, his legacy will be legendary beyond basketball. It's a lot to ask of one man, but who else would you ask for, Ohio? 

If LeBron leaves Cleveland, he'll owe Cleveland nothing. He gave the Cavaliers the best he had and they failed to do the same for him.

But Cleveland has a right to feel disappointed and played. LeBron promised to bring Ohio a title when he inked the "Chosen One" on his back. It's his dream.

LeBron's best days are still ahead of him and it's a shame if he's not in Cleveland. He can't leave Cleveland with the weak exit in the past two playoffs, in which he faded away as Cleveland's title hopes disappeared. 

Now we'll see how LeBron James has maturated underneath the spotlight. The right thing to do is to go against the grain and show some loyalty. 

Why go to Chicago and fade underneath MJ's spotlight? Why go to Miami?

LeBron is Cleveland. 

This free agency has been pure theatrics, thanks to LeBron, and he can cap it off by resisting the shining lights and luster of other cities. I'm sure making an additional $30 million a year will help keep him, too.