Then and now: Cleveland fans react to LeBron James' exit and return

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Cleveland Cavaliers fans were distraught when LeBron James announced his decision to leave for Miami during a live ESPN special on July 8, 2010. Now James is returning home to rejoin the Cavs and fans could not be happier. Take a look at the agony and ecstasy that Cavaliers fans experienced as James announced his exit in 2010 and his return in 2014.

<b>Then:</b> Fans wait to hear where LeBron James will play next season July 8, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)<br><b>Now:</b> Fans whoop it up behind an ESPN reporter outside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, after NBA basketball star LeBron James announced he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday, July 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Then and now: Cleveland reacts to LeBron James transfer
Then: Fans wait to hear where LeBron James will play next season July 8, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)
Now: Fans whoop it up behind an ESPN reporter outside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, after NBA basketball star LeBron James announced he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday, July 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
<b>Then:</b> Fans in Cleveland burn LeBron James jerseys on July 10, 2010. <br><b>Now:</b> A Cleveland fan posted this funny image of a patched up Cavs jersey after his announcment to return to the team. (<a href="https://twitter.com/C_Lo_3_/status/487653892277022721/photo/1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Twitter" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Twitter</a>)
Then and now: Cleveland reacts to LeBron James transfer
Then: Fans in Cleveland burn LeBron James jerseys on July 10, 2010.
Now: A Cleveland fan posted this funny image of a patched up Cavs jersey after his announcment to return to the team. (Twitter)
<b>Then:</b> Fans wait to hear where LeBron James will play next season July 8, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)<br><b>Now:</b> Cleveland Cavaliers basketball fans celebrate in front of the house of LeBron James, in Bath, Ohio, after learning of James' decision to sign as a free-agent with the Cavaliers, Friday, July 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
Then and now: Cleveland reacts to LeBron James transfer
Then: Fans wait to hear where LeBron James will play next season July 8, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)
Now: Cleveland Cavaliers basketball fans celebrate in front of the house of LeBron James, in Bath, Ohio, after learning of James' decision to sign as a free-agent with the Cavaliers, Friday, July 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
<b>Then:</b> Fans react after listening to LeBron James announce he will play next season in Miami July 8, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)<br><b>Now:</b> Cleveland fans show their support for Lebron James during the eighth inning of the game between the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees at Progressive Field on July 10, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Then and now: Cleveland reacts to LeBron James transfer
Then: Fans react after listening to LeBron James announce he will play next season in Miami July 8, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)
Now: Cleveland fans show their support for Lebron James during the eighth inning of the game between the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees at Progressive Field on July 10, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)
<b>Then:</b> In this July 11, 2010 file photo, a 10-story banner of former Cleveland Cavaliers NBA basketball star LeBron James is taken down by workers in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)<br><b>Now:</b> Motorists on East 9th Street in Cleveland pass a large electronic billboard featuring NBA basketball star LeBron James in his old Cleveland Cavaliers uniform. Friday, July 11, 2014. Earlier James announced he would return to Cleveland, where he played seven years before leaving for the Miami Heat. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Then and now: Cleveland reacts to LeBron James transfer
Then: In this July 11, 2010 file photo, a 10-story banner of former Cleveland Cavaliers NBA basketball star LeBron James is taken down by workers in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Now: Motorists on East 9th Street in Cleveland pass a large electronic billboard featuring NBA basketball star LeBron James in his old Cleveland Cavaliers uniform. Friday, July 11, 2014. Earlier James announced he would return to Cleveland, where he played seven years before leaving for the Miami Heat. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
<b>Then:</b> A Cavaliers fan writes with chalk on a sidewalk outside a bar before the LeBron James Television Special on July 8, 2010, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)<br><b>Now:</b> Fans gather outside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 11, 2014. "<span><span>Safe to say people were prepared for this. Welcome home LeBron!" (<a href="http://instagram.com/p/qUb_lziPOK/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Instagram" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Instagram</a>)</span></span>
Then and now: Cleveland reacts to LeBron James transfer
Then: A Cavaliers fan writes with chalk on a sidewalk outside a bar before the LeBron James Television Special on July 8, 2010, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)
Now: Fans gather outside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 11, 2014. "Safe to say people were prepared for this. Welcome home LeBron!" (Instagram)
<b>Then:</b> LeBron James attends HEAT Summer of 2010 Welcome Event at AmericanAirlines Arena on July 9, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Vallery Jean/FilmMagic) <br><b>Now:</b> LeBron James posted this Instagram image to announce his decision on July 11, 2014. (<a href="http://instagram.com/p/qUUdxNiTFr/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Instagram" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Instagram</a>)
Then and now: Cleveland reacts to LeBron James transfer
Then: LeBron James attends HEAT Summer of 2010 Welcome Event at AmericanAirlines Arena on July 9, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Vallery Jean/FilmMagic)
Now: LeBron James posted this Instagram image to announce his decision on July 11, 2014. (Instagram)

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