For LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, their relationship has been anything bit stable the last couple of years.
After darting to Miami and leaving the city in disgrace, Cleveland turned an evil eye toward their former franchise cornerstone, and he became the enemy. For years, Cavs fans reveled in LeBron's defeat, while sulking in his successes.
But when he chose to come back "home" in the summer of 2014, the franchise, and the city acted as if none of that happened. They welcomed LeBron back with open arms, everything was fine. Only, it really wasn't.
Both sides still have some nagging resentment after everything went down, and neither side is truly loyal to the other.
Fast forward to today, and nobody knows what's next for The King and his lowly Cavaliers. After coming out of the gates with high expectations, the team has fallen well short of their mark, and rumors have been flying rampant about possible shake-ups to the team. Obviously, more than a few of those rumors have centered around LeBron James himself, who can become a free-agent this summer.
But in a recent talk with Rich Paul (LeBron's agent) on The Herd, King James' focus is the same today as it was yesterday: winning.
"For anywhere – not Los Angeles, not Miami, not Detroit, Milwaukee – I think for LeBron, and for most athletes, the most important thing is about winning...At his level, it should be. It should be about winning at his point in his career.
-- I think Cleveland won 60 games and went to the Finals three years in a row. So, I think his focus should be there. I think he owe that to his teammates and he owe it to the organization to keep his focus on the Cleveland Cavaliers for right now. And my job is to, at such time, give him the advice that he wants and prepare him to be able to make whatever decision he wants to make at such time. Right now, that’s not the time."
Whether or not that's actually good news for the Cavs is something none of us really know yet. if they can pull it together and win a nice stretch of games, then they will probably keep LeBron. If they fail to live up to standards, however, it shouldn't surprise anyone if he decides to leave.
Cleveland, all the pressure is on you now.