Return of the King (LeBron James) by Brian Windhorst Review

“The inside story of LeBron James’s return and ultimate triumph in Cleveland.

What really happened when LeBron James stunned the NBA by leaving a potential dynasty in Miami to come home to play with the Cleveland Cavaliers? How did the Cavs use secret meetings to put together the deal to add star Kevin Love? Who really made the controversial decision to fire coach David Blatt when the team was in first place? Where did the greatest comeback in NBA history truly begin-and end?

RETURN OF THE KING takes you onto the private planes, inside the locker-room conversations, and into the middle of the intense huddles where one of the greatest stories in basketball history took place, resulting in the Cavs winning the 2016 NBA title after trailing the Golden State Warriors three games to one. 

You’ll hear from all the characters involved: the players, the executives, the agents, and the owners as they reveal stories never before told. Get the background on all the controversies, the rivalries, and the bad blood from two reporters who were there for every day, plot twist, and social media snafu as they take you through the fascinating ride that culminated in a heart-stopping Game Seven.”

   I normally don’t read sports or biographies of sorts, but I love basketball and my favorite player is LeBron James so I just had to buy this book. I did get the audiobook version though and Windhorst did a great job of narrating it. The review will be a lot simpler compared to other books since it doesn’t take place in a magical land with fictional characters, rather gives people insight to the greatest sports comeback I have ever seen.

   Windhorst delivers a very entertaining and interesting novel. While sports fans were exposed to the general information of the Cavaliers’s season from when LeBron returned in 2014 to the 3-1 comeback in the finals, Windhorst provides great insight into the behind the scenes of everything from Tristan Thompson’s contract extension holdout to Kyrie Irving’s breakup with Kehlani. It was awesome to relieve the unlikely comeback all over again as a Cavs fan. I often watch ESPN and Windhorst often comes on various shows, still I never saw him as a writer. However, while he has a simplistic style, the novel is quite organized and progresses at a nice pace that hooked me. I think the best thing I can say about the novel is that it informed me of information I would never have known and kept me wanting to read. Biographies should inform the reader, while also being entertaining. It doesn’t need to be a masterpiece of prose, just inform the reader and keep them engaged. 

   I had a fantastic time reading this novel and it provided me with a lot of information I would have never known. The rating will be tweaked as I feel these types of books cater to a certain audience.

Rating: Must Buy for basketball, sports, and NBA fans. For everyone else, check it out.


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