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LeBron James returns to Cavs
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CLEVELAND (AP) The oft-maligned city of Cleveland is on quite a roll.Cheers broke out, car horns tooted and the whoops of joyous fans filled the city's streets Friday as word spread quickly that Ohio's prodigal son, LeBron James, is returning to the Cavaliers.The four time-NBA MVP announced Friday in an essay published in Sports Illustrated his decision to leave the Miami Heat and move his considerable talents and the prospect of an NBA championship back to Cleveland."I never thought it would be a reality," said a smiling Larry Boothe, 25, who had purchased a celebratory six-pack of beer in Cleveland's Warehouse District that he planned to share with his co-workers.The free agent's decision is the latest in a run of good news for the hard-working city of Cleveland, which is mired in a 50-year sports championship drought.Earlier in the week, Republican officials announced they would be bringing their national convention and the hundreds of millions of dollars it will generate to Cleveland in 2016.Also, the woeful Browns, which in 1964 became the last Cleveland team to win a title, grabbed headlines when they drafted flashy quarterback Johnny Manziel in May, a move that raised expectations for the team's return to its former glory.And now James, a product of nearby Akron and St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, is returning to the fold.Dave Nelson, 49, will never forget when and where he learned of James' return. Nelson had just been wheeled into the recovery room at Fairview General Hospital in Cleveland after knee surgery on Friday when his surgeon approached. Nelson said he doesn't remember what the doctor said about his knee, but recalled: "He said, 'More importantly, LeBron has come back to the Cavs.""This is where he can come to be great," Nelson said in an interview with the Associated Press a few hours later.