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Lebron James returning to Cleveland Cavaliers

PHOTO: CNN

PHOTO: CNN

Lebron James, the four-time NBA MVP basketball player, is returning to his northeast Ohio roots — and the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Sports Illustrated.

In a letter by Lebron James to Lee Jenkins, the player refeclts on his controversial decision to leave Cleveland to play for the Miami Heat in 2010.

“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. 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.” Click here to read more from Sports Illustrated.

In a telling move, WJW reports that the scathing letter Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert wrote about James’ decision to abandon the team, was yanked from the Cavaliers website earlier this week. That letter was still reportedly an issue for James, hence why the decision took so long.

Gilbert issued a statement on Twitter after the article was posted by Sports Illustrated.

Miami Heat coach Micky Arsion tweeted that he was “shocked” by the news.

James posted a simple photo of the Cavaliers logo titled “I’m Coming Home to his Instgram account before tweeting a link to the Sports Illustrated article.

Click here for complete coverage of this story from WJW in Cleveland.