LeBron James' is returning to Cleveland; that could complicate GOP plans

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LeBron James is returning home to Ohio, reversing the decision he made four years ago that led to two NBA titles in Miami and crushed Cleveland Cavalier fans.

James told Sports Illustrated for a story published Friday that he was signing with the Cavaliers because his relationship with Northeast Ohio is "bigger than basketball."

"When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission," James said in the SI first-person story. "I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn't had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what's most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio."

James spent his first seven NBA seasons in Cleveland. In four years with the Heat, he went to the NBA Finals four times, winning two championships. And now heads back to Cleveland to see if he can finally deliver on his promise of winning a crown for that title-starved city.

For Cleveland, it's a new day.

For Miami, it's the end of a championship run.

For Republicans, it could be a headache.

That's because James' return to Cleveland potentially complicates GOP plans to nominate their 2016 presidential pick there. Republicans plan to use the Cavaliers' arena to crown their nominee.

The Republican National Committee tapped Cleveland as its host city earlier this week and eyed two options for starting dates: June 28 or July 18, 2016.

Should the James and the Cavaliers make it to post-season play, that June date might be impossible. Games would be taking place as organizers should be hanging bunting and balloons.

A spokeswoman for the RNC did not immediately return messages.

With contributions by AP reporters Philip Elliott, Tim Reynolds and Tom Withers

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