If LeBron James returns to Cavaliers, a Cleveland company has T-shirts ready to go

The city of Cleveland -- and NBA fans across the country -- are abuzz over the possibility that the city's prodigal son, basketball star LeBron James, might return to the Cavaliers. PostTV takes a look back to 2010, when Cleveland fans were singing a much different tune. (Gillian Brockell, Kate M. Tobey and Osman Malik/The Washington Post)

The Cleveland Cavaliers swung a three-way trade on Wednesday to open up some LeBron James-size salary cap space. Now, a Cleveland-based T-shirt company is getting ready to outfit those poor, downtrodden Clevelanders should James return after bolting for Miami in 2010.

On Tuesday, Fresh Tees owner Tony Madalone, who grew up just outside Cleveland and lives there now, wrote a blog post in which he says it’s time to move on.

I felt the pain of LeBron leaving. Did it hurt me personally? No. But I saw the effect it had on the city I love, on the people who put their faith in him. They still talk about it. There’s still anger, bitterness, hurt. I’ve had four years to process everything and I’ve found that there’s only one solution: forgiveness.

Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim (Cleveland) undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense (The Decision), lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender (LeBron) well.

Such forgiveness probably will be much easier to pull off should James return to Cleveland. But if he doesn’t…

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.

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