LeBron James is going back to play basketball in his home state, telling
Sports Illustrated that he has decided to make a return to Ohio to again play
for the Cavaliers.

James' decision has ended the speculation about where the four-time MVP would
play next, conjecture that had grown to a fever pitch over the past days and

He returns to the Cavaliers after four seasons and two NBA championships with
the Miami Heat, the team he picked four years ago over Cleveland when he said
during a TV special that he would "take my talents to South Beach."

The announcement broke the hearts of Cavaliers fans, some of whom burned his
jersey four years ago and some of whom have since campaigned for his return.

James made this monumental decision in much different fashion, telling SI's
Lee Jenkins his reasons for returning to Ohio.

"Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from
Northeast Ohio," the Akron native said in the SI piece. "It's where I walked.
It's where I ran. It's where I cried. It's where I bled. It holds a special
place in my heart.

"People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I'm their son. Their
passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I
can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is
bigger than basketball. I didn't realize that four years ago. I do now."