LeBron James was welcomed back to northeast Ohio during his family foundation’s event at the University of Akron’s Infocision Stadium Friday night.
James squashed any questions about why he signed a two-year contract back in July when he said, “”I don’t plan on going nowhere. I don’t have the energy to do it again.”
The event marked the first-time that James spoke publicly since his Sports Illustrated essay reveled he would return to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
If he’s able to take the Cavs to the top of the basketball world, a NBA title with Cleveland would be the pinnacle of James’ career.
"I love you. I'm back." -LeBron James pic.twitter.com/l1fWSiBtCO
— Brian Doering (@BrianDoering80) August 9, 2014
“(Winning a title with the Cavs) would be the greatest achievement in my life as far as on the court. That’s my goal,” he said.
Factory’s Co-Editor Jared Mueller was in attendance covering the event, and will post live video from the Homecoming celebration soon.
Stadium only maybe 2/3 or 3/4 full… pic.twitter.com/EiqjkrAshG
— Jared K Mueller (@JaredKMueller) August 8, 2014
Cleveland sports dignitaries, such as Bernie Kosar, were also in attendance.
Bernie Kosar! The stars are coming out tonight. pic.twitter.com/ZgAShdsmaP
— Scott Scarborough (@PresScarborough) August 8, 2014
Recording artist Sklyer Grey, performed her LBJ anthem, “I’m Coming Home.”
— Skylar Grey (@SkylarGrey) August 9, 2014
In a press conference before the event, which was attended by GM David Griffin, James was asked about the reports that have surfaced which have Kevin Love joining the Cavs.
According to Fox Sports, James was a little hesitant to answer–probably because a deal can’t become official until Aug. 23.
“If it happens, I’m very excited,” James said of Love. “I don’t really care about the 26 (points) and 12 (rebounds Love averaged last season). I care about the basketball IQ.”
According to ABC News, “fans waited in line for six hours for a prime seat for the event on the University of Akron campus, not far from where the 29-year-old James bounced his first basketball.”
Stay tuned for more coverage…