After 11 days of waiting, LeBron James decided to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James made his announcement Friday in an article penned for Sports Illustrated, as told to veteran reporter Lee Jenkins. James says Cleveland and Ohio were always his home, and while he cherished his time in Miami, he wanted to return and bring Cleveland a championship.
James even addressed the letter Cavs owner Dan Gilbert penned to fans four years ago that questioned the four-time MVP’s heart and called him narcissistic, among other things. James said his emotions were mixed, but that he met face-to-face with Gilbert and the two have worked out their issues.
Cleveland fans rejoiced on Twitter, with many thankful for his return after four long years. Though many questioned the fans who swore they would never root for James again, and dragged his name through the street.
Great day for the NBA and LeBron James who has probably exiled every single hater he has with this homecoming.
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â€” Steve Scafidi (@Steve_Scafidi) July 11, 2014
At Giant Eagle on Gahanna. They just announced over the PA "LeBron James is coming back to Cleveland." #wherewereyou
â€” Adam Jardy (@AdamJardy) July 11, 2014
You can hate LeBron, but this is great for the city of Cleveland and sports. To have Johnny Manziel & LeBron James is a great thing.
â€” Creative Gold (@CREATIVE_GOLD) July 11, 2014
â€” bill hofheimer (@bhofheimer_espn) July 11, 2014
So now that Lebron left , everybody finna be a cleveland fan ?
â€” Big K. (@She_BeLike) July 11, 2014
Funny seeing all these former LeBron haters on my twitterfeed welcoming him back to Cleveland.
â€” DeVonna Francis (@dbaby_23) July 11, 2014
Still can't believe Lebron is going back to Cleveland!!! Y'all Heat Fans bout to turn into Cav fans instantly or nah???
â€” MISS JANELLE SHANKS (@BadGirlJanelle) July 11, 2014
Lebron in Cleveland. Well alrighty then can't be mad at that.
â€” Drunken Master (@2iiNCREDiiBLE) July 11, 2014
I hope Lebron doesn't win any titles for Cleveland, leaves again, and wins them somewhere else. I'd lol.
â€” Dom Carano (@domc36) July 11, 2014
I give Cleveland a lot of crap...I've made every joke you can make...but this is really cool. Good for Lebron. Good for Cleveland.
â€” Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) July 11, 2014
LEBRON IS COMING HOME AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH http://t.co/6zEZW5BOmc
â€” Nick Spain (@Nicholas_Spain) July 11, 2014
Lebron is going back to Cleveland to try and win them a ring. Never forget where you came from. I respect that @KingJames
â€” Chris (@CCalixte10) July 11, 2014
Lebron James, Johnny Football, and Wiggins. Cleveland done had the best year ever.
â€” Rashard Smith (@_2Humble) July 11, 2014
Calling out every Cleveland fan that says they love LeBron after saying "F*** LeBron" for the pass 4 years.
â€” The Davis (@AJDavis_25) July 11, 2014
Cleveland "Home of Johnny Football & LeBron James" Wow!
â€” Aggieland Illust. (@aggiemag) July 11, 2014
Miami fans had their own mixed reactions, with many taking shots, but most applauding James' move, and stating they would still support the Heat. Dwyane Wade took a few shots though.
i personally would like to thank @KingJames for these four years and two of our championships. it was because of him. All love. stay blessed
â€” Roy Bellamy (@roybelly) July 11, 2014
LeBron won and got rings in Miami. Have to call that a success. He may now get extra credit if he gets Cleveland a title.
â€” Robin Lundberg (@robinlundberg) July 11, 2014
Lebron hairline staying in Miami tho. So DWade cant be too mad
â€” Southside Vic (@SouthsideVic) July 11, 2014
I did not believe for a second that Lebron James would leave the Miami Heat after 4 consecutive NBA Finals appearances
â€” BTP (@TheTrackAddictz) July 11, 2014
BREAKING: A live shot of Miami Heat fans upset that LeBron left Miami pic.twitter.com/c3lCXDGaX8
â€” Andrew DeWitt (@AndrewRDeWitt) July 11, 2014
â€” M. Gustave H. (@ItsRaymondsWay) July 11, 2014
Still Gone Fck W/ Miami , Still My Team . & I'm Still Gone Watch LeBron Ballout .
â€” triggaB . (@___briyahh) July 11, 2014
I respect Lebron for going back to Cleveland but he should've never left the first time. Those 2 rings should stay in Miami.
â€” Mikey Manziel (@Fly_like_Mike) July 11, 2014
I feel like Lebron going to Miami is his equivalent to going to college for 4 years, just to get away from home and see a new scene #HesBack
â€” Yes Im PATisDOPE (@PATisDOPE) July 11, 2014
Wade just sitting in Miami lookin at pictures of lebron like... pic.twitter.com/ng89RMXvfu
â€” Handsome Hazelnut♌ (@ARob4u) July 11, 2014