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Clevelanders celebrate LeBron James' return

LeBron James Announces Return To Cleveland Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The oft-maligned city of Cleveland is on quite a roll.

Cheers broke out, car horns tooted and the whoops of joyous fans filled the city's streets Friday as word quickly spread that basketball's prodigal son, LeBron James, is returning to the Cavaliers.

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The four time-NBA MVP announced Friday in an essay published in Sports Illustrated his decision to leave the Miami Heat and move his considerable talents and the prospect of an NBA championship back to Cleveland.

"I never thought it would happen ... ," law student Larry Boothe said. "I never thought it would be a reality."

The free agent's decision is the latest in a run of good news for the hard-working city of Cleveland, which is mired in a 50-year sports championship drought.

Earlier in the week, Republican officials announced they would be bringing their national convention and the hundreds of millions of dollars it will generate to Cleveland in 2016.

Also, the woeful Browns, the last Cleveland team to win a title in 1964, grabbed headlines when they drafted quarterback Johnny Manziel in May, a move that raised expectations for the team's return to its former glory.

And now James, a product of nearby Akron and St. Mary-St. Vincent High School, is returning home.

Jessica Spachner sat at an outdoor restaurant table in Cleveland's Warehouse District and smiled at the news of James' return. She said she and others can now forgive him for announcing on national television in 2010 that he was leaving the Cavaliers for Miami, where he helped the Heat win two championships in his four years there.

"People forgive pretty quickly," the 27-year-old Spachner said.

Boothe, 25, had just picked up a six-pack of beer and was headed back to the law office where he's working this summer to celebrate with his co-workers.

"The bosses said go for it," an elated Boothe said.

The phone number for the Cavaliers' ticket office boasted of James' return in a recorded message but noted that single-game tickets aren't yet available, and the extension for season ticket inquiries rang busy Friday afternoon.

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buddwhyzr July 11 2014 at 5:32 PM

LeBron wants to be a leader......leading the teams revenue into his pockets.

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Sukeycat July 11 2014 at 5:13 PM

Who in Cleveland wants him? We the fans in Cleveland should boycott the games....Just say no and don`t go!

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robertbaroni July 11 2014 at 4:39 PM

I am sorry to see Cleveland make a big mistake again and again and again

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savannahswithgod July 11 2014 at 4:37 PM

This turns Cleveland into Detroit in the End?

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janka51 savannahswithgod July 11 2014 at 5:51 PM

America will be detroit before its over with

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janka51 July 11 2014 at 5:49 PM

i would be celebrating his leaving

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smc264 July 11 2014 at 3:11 PM

If he is really return for the reasons he gave SI, he would never have left in the first place. He left Cleveland as a losing scum bag, and he is return the same way......A LOSER !!

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niceguy71653 July 11 2014 at 6:07 PM

James or not Cleveland is still Cleveland, the place where God would give the world an enema.

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hopcats9 July 11 2014 at 6:37 PM

The way the owner calling him all the names and his fans treated him so bad burning his jersey.I think it is so funny the letter frm the owner dissapeared on Monday.the fans there do not deserve you deserve better than them they are a joke.

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belldn3 July 11 2014 at 8:28 PM

Should have stayed in South Beach.

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budaki July 11 2014 at 5:55 PM

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