Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James’ recently talked about which team he felt more pressure to win with. The answer might surprise you.

By William Chase

LeBron James recently told Chris Haynes of that, “Winning in Miami was away more pressure than this,” speaking to his current tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

True. Anytime you join forces with other NBA All-Stars—Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh—and promise “Not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven” championships, you are putting the onus squarely on your shoulders. Nevermind what the act of leaving to sign with another team and superstars means in the first place.

In a roundabout away, this might add to the pressure for Cleveland now, as LeBron attempts to finish what was started. Spending his first eight seasons in Cleveland, the Cavs made the NBA Finals in 2007 before getting swept by the San Antonio Spurs.

And this isn’t just the Cleveland Cavaliers trying to win. The city of Cleveland has been trying to win for years as it is. The Indians, Browns and all the heartbreak.

“For me, I understand the history of Cleveland sports, but I’m not a part of the whole history. I’m a part of nine seasons. I’m not a part of 58 years or whatever the hell it is. I don’t think the expectations for 50-plus years has been to win a championship.”

It wasn’t? Ask the fans of Cleveland what they think if you fail to get it done once again.


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William Chase is editor at Elite Sports NY, and has been featured on such prominent websites including Bleacher Report. William is also currently the Marketing & Media Relations Intern for the Augusta GreenJackets.