LeBron James Receives Massive Welcome During Ohio Homecoming

The NBA star's return to the Cleveland Cavaliers has local fans excited.
3:08 | 08/09/14

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Now to an entire metro area engaged in what appears to be a mass display of forgiveness from the homecoming celebration for Lebron James returning to Akron, Ohio, when James announced a few years ago he was taking his talents to south beach to play for the Miami heat people in Ohio literally burned this guy's Jersey but now James is returning to the Cleveland cavaliers and ABC's Gloria Riviera is on the story in Akron. Gloria, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, Dan. Well, it may be quiet now, but let me tell you, I think a lot of people in Akron are recovering this morning after the massive party thrown at this stadium last night. Fans lined up for hours to make sure they got a seat inside and let me tell you, I asked them, how long did it take you to forgive Lebron when you heard he was coming back and they said right away. Reporter: Overnight delirium at the welcome back party celebrating Lebron James' return home to the Cleveland cavaliers. I'm going to do what makes my city and my state happy and that's why I came back. I love you. I'm back. Reporter: For nearly 30,000 hometown fans, words many thought they'd never hear. Wow! Reporter: Four years ago James ditched Ohio to play for the Miami heat. He won two NBA championships there, but here they burned his Jersey. I called him a traitor. All is forgiven? Oh, yeah. Reporter: Off the court James' return has a significance impact on younger fans. Through his foundation he supports education in Ohio. These kids are the future. Reporter: Already his return is estimated to bring in an additional $500 million to a local community and on the court -- My number one goal is to win a championship here and I think it would be the greatest achievement in my life. I'm looking forward to the challenge. Reporter: The power forward says he's ready to get to work. I swear I missed y'all. Reporter: The city welcoming his full family back home. I smell a championship. Reporter: You smell a championship. The future looks bright. Gone, a villain, back a hero. Well, it was raucous, it was downright fun but it was already really something to see these kids, 11, 12, 13, they remember when he left. They were heartbroken then, now they get a second chance to grow up with Lebron James as their hometown hero. They are so proud and that was really something to see. Dan, Paula. Quickly they forgive. Paula Faris covered him when she was a high school player. Akron St. Vincent and St. Mary when I was shooting and producing. Look the same. That's not part of the contract. Our own in-house Lebron James. Not really. No, I am not. I am not. Let's check the forecast now

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