While I was creeping Savannah’s Instagram for the Why Lebron Comes Home piece written two weeks ago,1 I came across her sophomore Buchtel High homecoming pic. The tumblers trying to the crack the code of ‘yeah it’s nice Lebron stuck with his high school girlfriend all these years but he can pretty much get anything sooo how come…’ clicked into place. What a knockout. It’s not at all hard to see a wonderful first love thing happened and remarkably, quietly has continued to happen while no one was paying attention.
And it had to have been incredibly hard for her during the years they were kinda together but reports indicated maybe less than 100% commitment to her. She hung in. He grew up. Things look pretty terrific.
She shows up in Lebron’s commercials while he’s playing with Bryce and Lebron junior, but she’s in the background just being happy and quiet and supporting. Have you seen her organic, cold-pressed juice bar business? It’s really the best.
We’ve read plenty of reports indicating that ‘Lebron’s people’ want him to come back to Ohio. Usually that’s code for Rich Paul.2 But Savannah is the only insider whose ‘agenda’ is identical to Lebron’s and at this point in his life, that agenda seems to be: create a happy and stable and loving environment to raise our family.
There’s a reason all the Lebron commercials recently have focused on his kids. You would have to be irredeemably cynical to think the reason is to sell more Samsung Galaxies.
The word is that Lebron’s decision will be announced on his site. Here’s the header of his site.
Akron, Akron, Akron.
He’s telling you. All you have to do is listen.
If you want to hold fast to distinguishing between Akron and Cleveland, you’re really missing it. Sure it’s different and sure Summit County has its own separate identity. But all of Northeast Ohio has a bond forged from the failure of the sport teams which is a bit of a metaphor that could describe the decline of its manufacturing-based economy and how the thriving coastal economies has flown over NEO. How much steel fab is still happening in Cleveland? Well how many tire plants are still open in Akron? Area struggles are relatable and shared and sad and bonding. If you’re from there, you get it. And if you have the means, you want to help. ((There’s a reason Bill Gates set up shop outside of Seattle… it’s because he’s from Seattle.)) If you’re not from there, you cannot fathom why anyone would willingly move there and really really don’t get it.
I’ll leave it to others to present the roster comparisons. I’ll leave to Miami talk show types to suggest that David Blatt is an unproven coach while Erik Spoelstra has two rings. (lol.) I’ll leave it to Pat Riley to suggest that it ‘takes guts’ to stay together.3
I’ll just check out the trailer of his feature length film all about what seems to be obviously the most important thing to Lebron James. Hint: turns out it’s not nightclubs or rings. The guy is a homebody and a homeboy at heart.
One other item: Germany. 7-1. That is all.
- If any other Cleveland media outlet or Cavs blog or any blog has come out and predicted Lebron’s return, I have missed it. Smarten up gents. Trust your eyes. [back]
- Which also prompted Riley to continue naïvely his strategy of suggesting that moving back to Cleveland would indicate a Rich Paul agenda. Pretty insulting of Riley/Heat to leak this to Woj.
- No really, he actually said this three weeks ago: “This stuff is hard. And you got to stay together, if you’ve got the guts. And you don’t find the first door and run out of it.” Tell me again how Pat Riley is genius? [back]