LeBron James announces his return to Cleveland Cavaliers
July 11, 2014

LeBron James announced Friday via Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins that after four seasons and two NBA titles with the Miami Heat, he will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Follow all of SI.com's coverage of James' decision.

 
LeBron James announces his return to Cleveland Cavaliers
 

In his own words, LeBron James explains why he's ready to return home and win a title with the Cavaliers. By LeBron James (as told to Lee Jenkins)

 
LeBron James -- shown here as a 19-year-old in 2004 -- spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Cavaliers. He's back after four years in Miami.
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Over these past four years, LeBron James left a heavy trail of bread crumbs leading back to Northeast Ohio. He couldn't cut the cord. By Lee Jenkins

 
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There are issues more important to James than his championship total or place in “Greatest Ever” debates. We didn’t know that until today. By Phil Taylor

 
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LeBron James' decision to return to the Cavaliers sparked jubilation across Cleveland. Check out a gallery of the top photos of the celebrations.

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LeBron James' decision to return to the Cavaliers sparked jubilation across Cleveland. Check out a gallery of the top photos of the celebrations.

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This decision requires faith; in his career's prime, James leaves a championship core for a young, unfinished team with much left to sort out. By Rob Mahoney

 
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This is a team with great potential. It may not be next season, but it won't be much longer before Cleveland is a true conference contender. By Chris Mannix

 
 

Twitter had plenty of jokes after the news broke of Lebron James' decision to leave Miami and return to the Cavaliers. By Nicole Conlan

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