LeBron James’ improbable return to Cleveland is moving closer to becoming a reality. Although at the beginning of free agency James’ return to Cleveland seemed like a pipedream, several top NBA reporters have said that the Cavaliers have moved to the front of the Decision 2.0 sweepstakes. And then there’s the reports from cupcake shops saying James is coming back to Cleveland.
The hysteria surrounding James’ free agent chase has somehow surpassed that of four years ago, even without the planned television special. First there was ESPN tracking James’ son catching fish on vacation. On Sunday, amateur aviation experts even attempted to track the plane of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert via Twitter. Because Twitter sleuthing is always a full proof plan.
But it’s another element related to the Cavs owner that may be the strongest and most ironic sign yet that LeBron James is seriously considering coming home. As observed by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the official Cavaliers website no longer features the infamous comic sans letter written from Gilbert to Cavs fans. That was the one where Gilbert, acting like a scorned, jilted lover, promised fans that they would win a championship before James. The one where Gilbert called James narcissistic, selfish, heartless, and callous.
Here’s what that page looked like yesterday thanks to Google Cache…
As absurd as it was when it first happened, Dan Gilbert’s letter was always something that was going to have to be addressed if the Cavaliers were serious about pitching LeBron James on coming back to the franchise. Deleting it from the website is just window dressing to the public. At some point, Gilbert and James are going to have to sit down and have that first very awkward conversation with regards to the letter if this actually happens. Now that is something that is worthy of its own ESPN special.