LeBron James re­turns to Cavs: ‘I’m com­ing home’

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CLEVE­LAND (AP) — If LeBron James was go­ing to win an­other NBA ti­tle, heal bro­ken hearts and con­tinue build­ing his legacy, he knew there was only one place to go. To Ohio. Home. Four years af­ter he left for Mi­ami, a widely crit­i­cized de­par­ture that dam­aged his im­age and crushed a long-suf­fer­ing city’s cham­pi­onship hopes, James is com­ing back to play for the Cava­liers to try and end Cleve­land’s half-century ti­tle drought. He’s re­turn­ing to his bas­ket­ball roots, to the people who know him best, to make good on a prom­ise.

James made the an­nounce­ment Fri­day with a pow­er­ful es­say writ­ten for Sports Il­lus­trated. His de­ci­sion ended two weeks of spec­u­la­tion with the en­tire league wait­ing on his move.

When he fi­nally made it, Cleve­land was his choice over re-sign­ing with the Heat.

“I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t go­ing to leave Mi­ami for any­where ex­cept Cleve­land,” he said to SI. “The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.”

James had not yet signed a con­tract, but he made it clear he will wear a Cava­liers jersey next sea­son.

“When I left Cleve­land, I was on a mis­sion,” James said in the SI first-per­son story. “I was seek­ing cham­pi­onships, and we won two. But Mi­ami al­ready knew that feel­ing. Our city hasn’t had that feel­ing in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many ti­tles as pos­si­ble, no ques­tion. But what’s most im­por­tant for me is bring­ing one tro­phy back to North­east Ohio.”

The tal­ented kid from Akron, now a home­com­ing king. Cleve­land is thrilled to have him back. James is the league’s best all-around player, a four-time MVP who was dubbed “The Cho­sen One” as a can’t-miss high school star who learned the game on the play­grounds of Akron, about 40 miles from Cleve­land. At 6-foot-8, 260 pounds, he can score from all over and is one of the game’s best passers and de­fend­ers.

AP Photo/Mark Dun­can

Graphic de­signer Alvin Smith holds up a poster across the street from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleve­land, Fri­day, July 11, 2014, herald­ing the re­turn of NBA bas­ket­ball star LeBron James. James, who left the Cleve­land Cava­liers four years ago to join the Mi­ami Heat, an­nounced ear­lier he would re­turn to the Cava­liers.

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