If you’ve been only watching soccer lately, you might have missed some BIG news in basketball: former Miami Heat star Lebron James shockingly decided last Friday to head home to his first ever team: the Cleveland Cavaliers. When King James moves, it’s a big deal – and here’s why.
A Wave of New Signings
The entire NBA essentially had been put on hold waiting for James to make his decision. Now that it’s happened, you’ll begin to see a flood of other big-name free agents – including Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade – begin to choose their destinations.
A Dog Fight in the Central Division
With the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls as established powerhouses, Lebron in Cleveland just adds to the already competitive environment that is the Central division. As of right now, it would be a fair statement to say that the Eastern Conference champion will come from this division.
Cavs Are the New Title Favourites
In one fell swoop of a signing, the last-placed Cavaliers have catapulted into championship contention. Cleveland sported 33-1 odds to win a title last season – now they have a 4-1 favourite to win the championship in 2015. And with rookies Kyrie Irving and recent No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, it definitely doesn’t hurt their chances.
A Not-So Welcomed Home-Coming?
It will be interesting to see how Cavs fans respond to James’ return to Cleveland. When he departed for Miami four years ago, they burned his jerseys and booed him whenever he visited. What better way to right the ship than bringing home a shiny championship trophy?