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LeBron James Leaves Miami Heat to Rejoin Cleveland Cavaliers

July 11, 2014 in Blogs

By Martin Pengelly, The Guardian

NBA star announces in Sports Illustrated his decision to return to hometown team Cleveland Cavaliers from Miami Heat.

LeBron James announced on Friday that he will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, his hometown team.

The NBA star, who left the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat in 2010, made the announcement in an essay for the Sports Illustrated website.

He said: “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.”

James, 29, who has been reported to be on his way to Brazil for Sunday's World Cup final, ended a week of intense speculation by saying: “I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.”

James was born in Akron, Ohio, where he became a high-school basketball star. Selected first in the 2003 Draft, in 2007 he took the Cavaliers to their first NBA Finals. They were swept, four games to nothing, by the San Antonio Spurs.

The form of James's announcement echoed, if in less dramatic form, that of his decision to go to Miami. In 2010, he made his choice in a much-derided ESPN TV special entitled “The Decision”.

That move led to a public falling out with the Cavaliers owner, Dan Gilbert, who posted an infamous open letter to fans in which he promised that his team would win an NBA championship before James did.

James has appeared in four straight NBA Finals series with the Heat, winning against the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012 and the Spurs in 2013. Last season, the Heat lost the finals to the Spurs in five games, leading to suggestions that their ageing team was in need of rebuilding.

The Cavaliers have not made the playoffs since James left, although their struggles over recent seasons have landed them the last two No1 Draft picks. They are also reported to be in trade talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves, for the star forward Kevin Love.

In his Sports Illustrated piece, James considered his acrimonious departure from Cleveland and said he had met Gilbert before making the decision to return.

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