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NBA superstar LeBron James announced Friday he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team he left four years earlier in free agency to join the Miami Heat.

The four-time league MVP and Ohio native said in an interview posted on Sports Illustrated that although he wants to win as many championships as he can, "what's most important for me" is bringing a title back to Northeast Ohio.

Here's a look at all of the coverage from USA TODAY Sports on the decision that sent shock waves through the sports world:

In announcing his return to Cleveland, LeBron emphasized his Ohio roots. It was a decision that "is about humanity more than anything else," a USA TODAY analyst wrote.

James was heavily criticized for the way he left Cleveland in the summer of 2010, but the way he handled his decision this time is drawing more positive reviews.

Rumors about where James would end up swirled on Twitter for days. See how Twitter reacted when the news of his return finally came out.

USA TODAY's Christine Brennan writes that LeBron's return "is especially rewarding for Ohioans because it's really all about one thing: coming home."

James was able to control the message in announcing his decision on SI.com, in a piece that "was a peek into the player's reflective, wistful side that has rarely been displayed."

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert penned a scathing letter when James left Cleveland four years ago. How did he and James reconcile?

Ohio pols — from Gov. John Kasich to Sen. Rob Portman — were quick to welcome their hometown hero back.

Although there was no official reaction from President Obama, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president considers James "a fine young man" who has exhibited "a professionalism that is pretty impressive."

The Cavaliers fell on hard times after LeBron left in 2010. But his return means professional basketball is back in Cleveland.

And if you're a Cleveland resident, good luck getting through to the Cavaliers ticket office now that LeBron is back. All circuits at the sales office were busy after the announcement.

Unlike in Cleveland four years ago, it looks like Miami hasn't taken to burning LeBron jerseys.

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It's not just his soon-to-be Cavalier teammates in Cleveland who are happy for LeBron's return. Recently drafted Browns quarterback — and LeBron pal — Johnny Manziel celebrated the return of King James.

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