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In an essay in Sports Illustrated about his return to play for Cleveland, LeBron James announced, “I’m coming home.” The awful truth is, as Thomas Wolfe titled one of his best-known novels, you can’t go home again. After we leave home and are battered about by life, we are changed. Home becomes a symbol of our innocence, a place where we dreamed limitlessly and were loved unconditionally. But that home, too, has changed because of our absence. So it is with LeBron and Cleveland.
When LeBron left Cleveland, he celebrated the move as if it were the exodus from Egypt, and that arrogance left a bitter taste in his fans’ mouths.