Another day, another LeBron James headline.
Rightfully so, as the most polarizing figure in the NBA these days has been the clear story of the offseason, especially once he announced that he would be returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2014-15 season.
LeBron James told the world he was “coming home” on July 11th, and there were plenty of opinions on this decision, including via yours truly, here at TWHS.
Since the return was announced, it’s been one story after another, from new teammates like Mike Miller, to cupcake apologies, Kevin Love trade rumors and so on.
One minor tentacle to this never-ending headline was LeBron asking fans which number he should wear for his return to Cleveland.
The original query came through James’ Instagram account back on July 18th, one week after the big reveal.
Today, he announced via the same account that he will be wearing #23 with the Cavs during the 2014-15 season.
Anticlimactic, yes, but nevertheless, a headline in itself.
OK, now that we know that LeBron James will once again don the number 23 in Cleveland, let’s ask a more important question to the basketball fans of the world:
How will LeBron James and the Cavs fare during the 2014-15 season?
My current opinion will not be as aggressive as Vegas. I believe that Cleveland is likely to make a deep run in the Eastern Conference, but my vote currently would be falling short in the Eastern Conference Finals. I’m not sure who I would have beating Cleveland at this point, but the Cavs still have some youth that needs to mature. Kyrie Irving will have to adjust to playing with James, and if Andrew Wiggins remains with the Cavs, he’ll need some time to adjust to playing in the NBA.
If a Kevin Love trade happens, now that’s a different story.
Either way, I favor the Western Conference representative to take the title, whether that be the Spurs, Thunder, or another team.
This is a preliminary opinion, as there are still plenty of moves to be made before the season starts.
Feel free to vote and chime in with your own opinion.