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After Fiery Departure, Fans Largely Cool With “Return Of The King”.

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 5:51 PM

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A burning 23 jersey, fans wearing same (Mark Urycki, flickr.com's dchrisoh)

Sounds like LeBron James is coming back to don a Cavs jersey….perhaps like the one fans burned in anger when he left four years ago to play with the Miami Heat. But judging by most local reaction today, it doesn’t seem like we’re going to see any smoldering jerseys around town.

Jubilant fans cheered and honked their horns outside the “Q” today, ecstatic that LeBron James was coming back to Cleveland.

Mark “Munch” Bishop hosts “Munch On Sports” on weekday nights for ESPN.  He’s tickled at the turnaround in attitude. 

“We hated him just a month ago, and everybody agreed with me!  But now that he’s ours, he’s ours again…and it makes the difference between winning and losing.  I also asked some other fans, I go, “So would we sell our souls to win?” They said, “Absolutely!”

In a statement posted on Sports Illustrated’s website, James has pledged to “lead” the Cavs towards a championship.  He says while Miami knows the feeling, that’s something Cleveland hasn’t felt “in a long, long, long, time.”

But amidst all the cheers and honking horns, some critics remain.

“I don’t think he should come back,” says Jacqueline Jeffries of Shaker Heights.  She says there’s nothing for LeBron here if he’s serious about winning.

“I love LeBron.  He can come back to Cleveland, collect the money, be in his hometown.  If he’s looking for anymore championship, I don’t I don’t think he’s gonna get it in Cleveland.”

Jeffries questions the team’s potential and leadership, and remains curious as to what the Cavs can give LeBron in return.

(Story by ideastream’s Brian Bull)

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