Four years after breaking a city's heart by leaving, LeBron James announced that he will return to play for his old team once again. In an op-ed published in Sports Illustrated, the 29-year old James, who left the Cavaliers in 2010, announced that he would be returning to the team this season after four years with the Miami Heat.
"Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio," the Akron native wrote. "I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home."
James was drafted out of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Ohio by the Cavaliers in 2003 and took them one NBA Finals before leaving as a free agent, announcing his departure via a much reviled TV special "The Decision," which aired on ESPN. His departure was also met with harsh words from Cavalier's owner Dan Gilbert, as well as angry protests from fans who took to the streets to burn the star's jersey.
This time around, "King James" emphasized that he's doing things differently.
"I’m not having a press conference or a party. After this, it’s time to get to work," James said. "I’ve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We’ve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?"