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LeBron James back to Cleveland: Cavaliers jump to favorites in East Conference

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Who says you can't go home? LeBron James is heading back to Cleveland and will once again become part of the team he grew up watching - the Cleveland Cavaliers. According to an ESPN report on July 11 James told SI.com on Friday that he is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the upcoming 2014 season.

It will be very interesting to see how the fans react to James' return to the city that many thought he burned back in 2010. Fans were so upset they took to burning James' jerseys, calling him out on social media and saying how they hope he fails miserably in Miami. Well, this is more proof that time heals all wounds. You can bet your bottom dollar that NBA fans are dancing in the streets and waiting for the hometown hero to officially hit the court as a Cavalier once again.

"My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball," James told SI.com in a first-person essay. "I didn't realize that four years ago. I do now. The hardest thing to leave is what I built with those guys," James said. "I've talked to some of them and will talk to others. Nothing will ever change what we accomplished."

James made world-wide sports news in 2010 when he had his own ESPN special dubbed "The Decision" when he chose to make his announcement that he was headed to South Beach to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh forming "The Big 3."

This year their is no drama, no TV special, and no hard feelings for James as he heads back to the team that picked him No. 1 overall in the 2003 draft out of St. Vincent-St. Mary.

It seems that the past is the past as James and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert have put their issues behind them.

"I've met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We've talked it out," James said. "Everybody makes mistakes. I've made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?"

Cleveland has been awful since James left for Miami, but interestingly enough they are now once again the place to be according to Vegas odds makers. The Cavs were 40/1 to win the Eastern Conference and 60/1 to win the NBA title at this time last year. They are listed at 7/1 to win the East title and 15/1 to win the NBA Championship this upcoming season. The Heat's odds have pulled off many Vegas sports book boards. Who says one player doesn't make a difference?

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