LeBron James brought a championship to Cleveland. That accomplishment will be a featured part of his biography long after retirement as one of the best players in NBA history. With that as the backdrop, Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin of ESPN have penned Return of the King: Lebron James, The Cleveland Cavaliers and The Greatest Comeback in NBA History, which chronicles LeBron’s return to his hometown team through the end of the magical 2016 campaign.
While there are many details to pour through even within a recently released excerpt, one that jumps off the page comes in the form of a now well-publicized letter penned by Cavs GM David Griffin. The letter was sent to the entire organization after Cleveland fell into a 3-1 hole against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals and, if not for an historic comeback, there seems to be a likelihood that the text never would have seen the light of day beyond the franchise’s walls.
However, the Cavs did pull off the impossible and Griffin’s letter certainly provided some motivation. The full text can be found here but the closer encapsulates Griffin’s message to both the team and hundreds of outside employees: