NBA superstar LeBron James isn’t staying cooped up after shocking the world by announcing he would return to former team Cleveland Cavaliers yesterday (July 11) and has now publicly stepped out. #listenup
Although brief with his words, King James addressed his shocking return when approached by media in Brazil this weekend.
He announced his decision in a Sports Illustrated essay, then left to come to Rio for the World Cup final without any further comment. But in a Q&A during his Nike appearance, James called it “an exciting time.” “It’s going to be unbelievable,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge.” And, he cracked, it reunites him with “one of my favorite teammates,” Brazil native Anderson Varejao. (USA Today)
Yesterday, Miami native Rick Ross put his personal issues to the side and thanked Bron for his contributions to the Heat over the past four seasons.
“Gotta Respect @KingJames family/business decision after 4 Eastern Conference Championships • 2 NBA Championships and coming to my @wingstop,” Ross tweeted July 11. (Rick Ross’ Twitter)
Earlier in the day, James issued an open statement to discuss his reason for leaving Cleveland in summer 2010.
“When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.” (Sports Illustrated)
LeBron also revealed he never had an intention of finishing his career as a Heat player.
“I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there. I just didn’t know when. After the season, free agency wasn’t even a thought. But I have two boys and my wife, Savannah, is pregnant with a girl. I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown. I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.” (Sports Illustrated)