Saturday, July 12, 2014

James returns home, and Zirin called the shot.

(Update: Zirin follows up)

As I constantly remind you, Dave Zirin is one of the few sportswriters in America worth reading on a daily basis. Zirin places sports into a context, as a part of life, not removed from it. I only wish he had time to bring the same skill set to beer writing, which is in a wretched condition these days.

Zirin predicted LeBron James's return to Cleveland. Not last week ... but on March 25, 2013.

The Aspiring Folk Hero: Why LeBron James Will Return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, by Dave Zirin (The Nation)

I believe that in 2014, NBA megastar LeBron James will create the feel-good sports story of the millennium by becoming a free agent and rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers. This seems like an impossible scenario: the team that LeBron spurned to “take [his] talents to South Beach”; the fan base that burned his jersey when he made “the Decision”; the owner who sent unhinged messages to the press in both the font and tone of an over-stimulated 11-year-old. It sounds impossible, yet LeBron hasn’t denied the possibility, and it makes sense in a way that transcends dollars, cents and championships.

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