Five Reasons for Heat Fans to Keep Their Heads Up
Yes, LeBron was the best player in these Finals (yes, even better than MVP Kawhi Leonard). And yes, he was basically doing it all by himself after Dwyane Wade morphed into just a torso with sneakers, Chris Bosh became invisible, and Mario Chalmers played basketball like an old man pees. And yes, the media is going to talk and talk and talk about how LeBron is going back to Cleveland because they have the number-one pick in the draft or going to the Knicks because Ha. Ha. Ha. OK.
The reality is this: There is no other franchise out there that will offer what the Heat has given LeBron since 2011. He has a coach he trusts in Erik Spoelstra, an ownership that genuinely cares for him and his family, and a structure that has proven works with Bosh, Wade, and solid players around him. Leaving Miami would mean having to start all over. Cleveland is not an option, because LeBron doesn't have the time to try to teach young players to play at a championship level. And other teams don't work because they don;t have the coaching structure and overall trust he has in Miami.
No other team offers him players who are ready to make a run at a title quite like the team he just went to four straight with.
LeBron is smack-in-the-middle of his prime, and the Heat offers him the absolute best chance to keep playing well into May and June year after year. You can try to shoehorn a scenario that would place him elsewhere. But when it comes down to it, no other team offers him the chance to win like the Heat.
Moreover, his family loves Miami. His wife and kids are ensconced in South Florida living. His wife even owns her own business in Miami.
In other words, sure, LeBron leaving the Heat is a possibility... but it would take a very major circumstance to pry him away from this team. Simply wanting it to fit into a narrative isn't enough. Not when we're dealing with reality.
He's not going anywhere.