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Cleveland fans say they had faith LeBron would return
About a hundred -- many wearing James' old No. 23 jerseys -- gathered outside the
Story by AMANDA RABINOWITZ AND M.L. SCHULTZE


 
About a 100 fans celebrated LeBron's return outside the Q -- with national and international media covering the event.
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International media and about a hundred ecstatic fans gathered outside the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland this  afternoon as news broke that LeBron James is returning to Cleveland. 

Many wore the No. 23 jersey that James wore as a Cavalier before he left for Miami four years ago.

Eric Effoe  and his son, Samuel, were among them. 

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“He was born right around the time LeBron James was leaving Cleveland. I kept telling him about James so he got really excited. And when he heard the news, he said ‘Daddy, let’s go to the Q.’ I was like, ‘OK, put your jersey on.’ I’m so happy that we kept our jerseys. I’m so happy.” 

Some fans, angered when James announced on national TV his decision to go to Miami four years ago, burned their jerseys. But Effoe says he always believed James would return and lead Cleveland to a championship.

LeBron's letter "killed it"
All is forgiven. That was the sentiment of Cavaliers fans gathered outside the Quicken Loans Arena this afternoon to celebrate the announced return of LeBron James to the Cavaliers.

Many wore Cavs jerseys with LeBron’s old number, 23. Other fans had burned such jerseys four years ago, when LeBron announced on a national television special that he was leaving Cleveland for Miami.

But Kevin Corrigan is among those who are declaring what happened four years ago no longer matters.

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“People say it’s like taking back a cheating ex-girlfriend. Well, if I’m taking back the best looking girl in the world, I can stomach that. It’s OK with me.”

LeBron announced his return in an essay on SI.com that read, in part, “My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.”

Corrigan said the essay "killed it" -- perfect in tone and sentiment.


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