In LeBron’s Decision sequel, he comes across as very humble, but measured, and there seems to be a deliberate omission. In SI, he wrote:
I’m not promising a championship. I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to win next year, but I’m realistic. It will be a long process, much longer than it was in 2010. My patience will get tested. I know that. I’m going into a situation with a young team and a new coach. I will be the old head. But I get a thrill out of bringing a group together and helping them reach a place they didn’t know they could go. I see myself as a mentor now and I’m excited to lead some of these talented young guys. I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league. I think I can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. And I can’t wait to reunite with Anderson Varejao, one of my favorite teammates.
There’s no way that this was incidental; now the prevailing question becomes whether Cleveland can flip no. 1 overall picks Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, as well as cadre of future picks, for Kevin Love — or someone else(s)? — this bananas NBA offseason has only just begun.