After a whirlwind week of rumors and speculation following NBA superstar LeBron James' decision to opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat, news broke at around 12:30 pm eastern time on Friday that he will be going back to where it all began.

James explained to Lee Jenkins in an essay for Sports Illustrated why he is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. When talking about what northeast Ohio and Cleveland basketball fans mean to him, James said,

I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now."

You can read the full essay on Sports Illustrated by clicking here.

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