NBA star LeBron James made his long-awaited announcement on Friday – he is heading back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Akron native left Cleveland for the Miami Heat four years ago. Miami went to the NBA finals in each of the last four seasons, winning the league championship twice. This past season, they were beaten in the finals by the San Antonio Spurs.
James told Sports Illustrated, “My relationship with northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.” He added, “What’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to northeast Ohio.”
James, who went to the NBA straight from high school, spent his first seven professional seasons in Cleveland after the Cavaliers selected him with the league’s number-1 draft pick in 2003. He will turn 30 in December, and is already number-27 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 23,170 points. He has increased his personal best field goal shooting percentage in each of the last seven seasons, having shot at a 57 percent clip in this past 2013-2014 campaign.