LeBron James has announced that he will be returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent, he has announced exclusively through SI.com.
I'm Coming Home
The four time MVP said in his piece, as told to Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated, that he wanted to return to his home state side and become a leader for the people of Ohio, someone they can look up to.
Become an Icon
"I feel my calling here goes above basketball," James said in the piece. "I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. 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," he added.
James spoke about how much he had enjoyed his time with the Miami Heat, where he won two NBA Championships and reached the Finals in each of his four years in South Beach, ever since taking the unpopular decision to host his infamous 'The Decision' show live on TV.
The 29-year old added that there was nothing that Miami could have done that would have stopped him from leaving for Cleveland. It won't be easy to win with the Cavs straight away, but Lebron has a talented young team around him that he can bring through with his experience and build into a Championship battling team.
But like James says, "I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home."