LeBron James gave his hometown a gift before leaving for Los Angeles after ending his second NBA stint with Cleveland earlier this month by signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The 33-year-old superstar said the decision to leave Cleveland again was difficult but he didn’t rule out a second homecoming with the Cavaliers.
It was an emotional day for King James as he made his first comments since signing the $154 million deal with the Lakers when he stood on a stage near one of the streets he walked as a troubled kid and looked out at thousands of faces.
While his three-year-old daughter, Zhuri, played at his feet, James watched as his mother, Gloria, raised a flag in front of a school that is perhaps his greatest triumph.
“This means everything,” James told The Associated Press in an interview before the public event.
“I think this is the greatest accomplishment for me because it’s not just me.
“But these kids, this is for generation after generation after generation and it’s for these kids; so it means everything.”
“Listen, I don’t close the chapter on anything or close the book on anything,” James said when asked if he would return to Cleveland to end his career.
“But hopefully I can sit there one day and watch my jersey go up into the rafters, that’s for sure.