LeBron James will return to Cleveland to play for Cavaliers

NBA star says decision based on family, community leadership
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 11, 2014

LeBron James will return to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The four-time league MVP told SI.com today that he is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball," James told SI.com in a first-person essay. "I didn't realize that four years ago. I do now."

To read the full article, click HERE.

James became a free agent after spending four seasons with the Miami Heat.

The Akron native began his career in Cleveland and played there seven years, winning the MVP title twice and leading the Cavaliers to the franchise’s only NBA finals appearance.

James then went to Miami as a free agent, leading the Heat to the NBA finals in each of his four seasons there. They won the NBA title twice during that span.

"When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission," James said in the SI.com first-person essay. "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 essay also addressed negative statements made by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert after James defected to Miami and whether there would be a grudge against the owner or the fans who booed and burned jerseys. "Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?" James said.

James said he always wanted to end his career in Cleveland. But he decided to make the move now because he and his wife, Savannah, are expecting a girl. LeBron already has two boys. "I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown," he said. "I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland."

While James wants to win, he said he is "not promising a championship."

"I know how hard that is to deliver," he said in his SI.com essay. "We’re not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to win next year, but I’m realistic. It will be a long process, much longer than it was in 2010."

His return to Cleveland involves more than basketball or even his family, James said.

"I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously," he said in his SI.com essay. "My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from. I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there’s no better place to grow up. Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business. That would make me smile. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get.

Earlier this week, Cedar Point amusement park announced it would rename one of its roller coasters “King James” after him.

Cedar Point made the offer in the form of this tweet on its Twitter account Wednesday afternoon: “Hey @KingJames - come back to the @cavs and we’ll rename one of our coasters, “King James!” Ball in your court, sir. RT, #Ohio!”

“Over the past few days it has been fun to watch the excitement surrounding the potential and now realized, return of LeBron James to Cleveland," Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards said Friday afternoon. "We stand ready to honor our original tweet. Congratulations Cleveland!”

Cedar Point has yet to decide which coaster will be renamed King James.

Comments

Another Opinion

Hopefully "we will all witness a forgiveness" to quote Channel Five Leon Bibb.

Cliff Cannon

Thinking at first LeBron was just using Cleveland in contract negotiations. I was against pursuing him.

Gratefully, I was wrong and rejoice in not only the excitement his return promises, but the excitement generated by Johnny Manziel's arrival as well as the prospect of the Republican convention coming to Cleveland. All certainly much needed shot's in the local arms !

P.S. I do wish though, Cedar Point was doing as suggested on these pages and naming a coaster after a hero who put his or her life on the line for the betterment of all, rather than a superstar athlete.

what the eff

See if he wants to buy an airport..

CrankyBalls

LOL!

Windy

Maybe he'd rather buy a racetrack. I'm sure LBJ would be able to see the financial benefits of having an airport right next to a racetrack.

DaMob

Of course he'd want to buy the racetrack. It's a moneymaker. And then he would buy the airport and a bulldozer and push that sum biotch over. With all its airport friends in the hanger.

Windy

You and the three Huron County Commissioners do not understand the word "NO". Keep pushing the FAA and all of you will learn.

DaMob

Screw the FAA. Put it to the voters and send the results of 98% of Huron County residents want the airport gone and see what happens. Land your hobby someplace else, blowhard .

Windy

Are you going to pay out of your own pocket the millions of dollars in fines that the FAA will impose? Maybe Billy Boy will pay it? It must be nice living in a delusional world.

OneLocalVoice

Cleveland is dumber than LaBrat!

earlduck

LeBron is not a brat he's a class act and has always been

itsnotme

Ummm...except with his huge publicity stunt when he announced he was leaving. That was certainly NOT a class act...that was a douchebag move.

DaMob

That was a d-bag move. But I think he has matured. And now he's back. Go Cavs!

uturnlouie

amen to that

Windy

I hope that LBJ has matured and that Cleveland won't be embarrassed again on national TV like the "big decision" special four years ago.

Warped

Rumor has it that Delante West was offered a contract. Gloria is his agent.

DaMob

+1

earlduck

what was wrong with Lebron going to the best place for his career and he had to announce it somewhere,if people would quit peeing their pants over his announcements maybe he would just sign like everybody else,same with payton Manning,besides LeBron at that time still had a lot of things to sell and was still very young

itsnotme

I didn't think there was anything wrong with him leaving...just the way he did it was extremely un-classy.

Swissy

@ earlduck - lately it's been more like they cream their jeans over each announcement. I wonder how long it will be until places like Walmart begin selling Cavs shirts with JAMES printed on the back? I'm betting they'll be on sale by next weekend.

togbert71

Cleveland fans are such pathetic hypocrites. Wanted him basically dead when he left now gonna give him a key to the city for "coming home". I hope Cleveland never wins a trophy in anything. You all (Cleveland fans) talk out of the side of your whiny mouths. And say what you want. I hate basketball anyways and could care less if he played in Siberia. I think Cleveland is a joke. Is the owner gonna give him a big wet kiss when he comes back? He didn't want anything to do with him when he left. Lebron is no king. He is a pathetic narcosis that is a big crampy crybaby. All I have to say.

Swissy

togbert71 - if the owner doesn't give him a big wet kiss then I will.

earlduck

wow you sure that's all togbert,seems like you need to get it off your chest

Truth2u

Big deal. Sad that society makes such a fuss over someone who can throw a ball into a metal ring and say little when Doctors, nurses save lives.

You know what makes me excited? When a women decides not to murder their child by abortion, now THAT is raising your children, not like James who has to move around to find a place to 'raise' his children, so lets give them a 35,0000 sq ft home.

Oh how we place importance on things that really mean little.

swiss family

wow Mr duck we Finally agree 100% on something.. I never understood all of the bag press when he left.. Cleveland teams , and I mean ALL Cleveland teams need to learn that you can NOT get one outstanding player and expect him to carry the whole team.. it just doesn't work that way.. it is far too much pressure and they get tired and hurt and worn out..

I think that is what happened to him.. and he heard all if the back talk , and asked the owners for help. and they bring in Shaq??? about 6 years past his prime... really?????so he left, to better things.. where there was a team... and who wouldn't??? everyone goes where it is in their best interest..and saying he made a big circus the way he announced it... look at this time.. he didn't say anything. and the press made the big deal out of it.. that is all you heard from the press every day for the past week.. was speculation from what Vegas odds said or other unimportant sources.. he didn't say anything... so give the guy a break... he is and I think always has been a good guy

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mikeylikesit

WHO CARES?

Cliff Cannon

Mikey : Considering sport's is America's real religion. The answer to your question is almost everyone.

P.S. : Any chance of LeBron making your calendar ?

JACKEL

He left as a boy and has come back a man ?

swiss family

Mikey... please don't even attempt to read my blogs.. remember, You are the one who said you have a hard time getting through them.. and I even tried my best to dumb them down... sorry bud, but that is as low as I can go.. I suggest maybe some coloring books.. or Disney and Barney movies to occupy your time.. see if your Mommy will get those out for you, along with maybe some cerial, and milk too .. OK???

Swissy

Trust me, you could never dumb it down enough so don't even try....

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