The Decision II: LeBron Tells Sports Illustrated He's Going Back to Cleveland

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LeBron James announced his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers to SI’s Lee Jenkins:

To make the move I needed the support of my wife and my mom, who can be very tough. The letter from Dan Gilbert, the booing of the Cleveland fans, the jerseys being burned — seeing all that was hard for them. My emotions were more mixed. It was easy to say, “OK, I don’t want to deal with these people ever again.” But then you think about the other side. What if I were a kid who looked up to an athlete, and that athlete made me want to do better in my own life, and then he left? How would I react? I’ve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We’ve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?

We’ll have more on this shortly, but suffice to say that, after the circus of the past few weeks, this was about as tactful a way as he could have possibly picked to make the announcement.

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