LeBron James returns home to Cleveland, ready to lead

LeBron James announces he'll return to Cleveland, where he played seven years for the Cavaliers

“I’m Coming Home.” Those are the three words LeBron James penned in a story with SI.com on Friday to let the world know he was returning home to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Home for James actually is Akron, Ohio, but it’s about a 40-minute drive to Cleveland, the city he called home for the first seven years of his NBA career before he announced four years ago he would be playing for the Miami Heat.

Who can blame a man for wanting to go back home?

"I feel my calling here goes above basketball," he wrote for SI.com. "I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I'm from."

And James returns home a two-time NBA champion. He returns home older and wiser.

He returns home to Cleveland with long-shot hopes that he can bring the city its first professional championship since 1964.

"I'm not promising a championship, I know how hard that is to deliver, we're not ready right now, no way," James wrote. "But I get a thrill out of bringing a group together and helping them reach a place they didn't know they could go."

LeBron James’ heart belongs to Cleveland, where it apparently always has been and where it apparently always will be.

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