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The world reacts to LeBron James' return to Cleveland

After holding the NBA hostage as he weighed his options, causing fans, fellow free agents and team GM's come to a standstill while they waited on his decision, LeBron James announced his return to Cleveland on Friday, causing an Internet firestorm with reactions from fans, media personalities and even fellow players. Here's a sampling of the best reactions to LeBron's return to the Cavaliers, announced simultaneously on Sports Illustrated as well as James' Instagram account.

For their part, NBA players who commented on the decision appreciated LeBron's commitment to his home town.

Minnesota's Ricky Rubio took a different direction with his reaction.

Current NBA players weren't the only voices involved with the league that commented on James' move to Cleveland, with both Dan Gilbert and Micky Arison taking time to comment on the decision.

While media personalities stressed the impact LeBron's move to Cleveland could have on the team's playoff chances, fans were quick to point out that the move signaled a shift in fortunes for both Cleveland and Miami as cities, with fans in Cleveland understandably excited.

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