Kid from Akron returns home a King

Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:18pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

(Reuters) - For LeBron James the reasoning was as simple as it was sublime, just a kid from Akron coming home.

But for the rest of the National Basketball Association, James's decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the city he famously jilted in favor of the Miami Heat four years earlier, was something far more earth-shaking.

The homecoming announced by the 10-time All-Star on Friday triggered a seismic shift in the basketball landscape with tremors that are likely to continue for some time.

"I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there," said James in a first-person essay published in Sports Illustrated on Friday. "I just didn’t know when.

"I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown.

"I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.

"I’m coming home."

Heat fans are unlikely to take James's departure as personally as Cleveland did in 2010 when the four-time NBA most valuable player made a grating primetime announcement that he was taking his talents to South Beach.   Continued...

LeBron James reacts after dunking against the Bucks during the 2013 playioffs. REUTERS/Joe Skipper