James announced today that he will return to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers.
"Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. 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,” he told Sports Illustrated.
In an interview last August with CNBC, James said, “being in Miami has been great to me.” But in today’s announcement, he admitted, “I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there. I just didn’t know when.”
In light of the shocking reveal, he said “I’m not having a press conference or a party. After this, it’s time to get to work.”
Lebron’s announcement echoed across social media, generating emotional responses of joy- and for some, disappointment. Within the hour around his announcement, nearly 384,000 tweets mentioned his name, according to Topsy.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest followed the announcement with a briefing. He said President Obama considers James to be “a fine young man.”
His projected salary for the 2014-2015 season with the Cavaliers is $22.2 million, according to ESPN.