Lebron James is gone! The Chosen One has left us! The King has abandoned his throne! These are the statements that I heard as I got off the plane after returning from our Nations capital. Tears filled the eyes of Clevelanders as they expressed their complete dissatisfaction with No. 23′s choice. My heart filled with sorrow not because of his choice but how his choice affected so many people. Don’t get me wrong I’m a cavaliers fan but during Lebron’s years of playing Cleveland graduation rates didn’t rise, and poverty and crime didn’t decrease. The most important thing to me is taking Cleveland to the next level and ensuring that our young people win the championship in their lives. I would love to see the cavaliers bring home the trophy but that is of little importance to me when so many young people are losing their lives to violence. Cleveland breeds champions! The struggle of growing up in Cleveland prepares any individual to overcome any obstacle that steps in their path. Lets work harder on building champions in our high schools and anything else will be a cherry on the cake.

– Basheer Jones

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