LeBron James speaks to his fans Friday in Akron after taking the stage during his Welcome Home Ceremony at Infocision Stadium at the University of Akron. (Ty Wright / Getty Images)
Akron, Ohio — LeBron James is home and he’s not leaving again.
The NBA superstar said he intends to play the rest of his career with Cleveland, the team he returned to last month after four seasons in Miami.
When he re-signed with the Cavaliers to a two-year, $41 million contract that included an option after one year, there was speculation he would one day test free agency again.
The contract made Cleveland fans nervous, but they can now relax.
“I don’t plan on going nowhere,” James said. “I don’t have the energy to do it again.”
James, who returned to Northeast Ohio after winning two NBA titles, was welcomed back with a homecoming event fit for a King.
Nearly 25,000 people, some of whom waited in line for six hours and many of them wearing James jerseys, were on hand in InfoCision Stadium on the University of Akron campus.
“It’s pretty amazing,” James said.
Hall of Fame
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is welcoming its class of 2014 in Springfield, Mass.
Former Golden State star Mitch Richmond was the first to be inducted in a ceremony at Symphony Hall in Springfield, Mass. Next up was Gary Williams, who coached Maryland to 11 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and the 2002 national championship.
Former NBA commissioner David Stern, NBA star Alonzo Mourning and former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson also are in the class of 2014.
The women’s team from Immaculata College is also being honored, along with Lithuania star Sarunas Marciulionis. Former Pacers coach Bob “Slick” Leonard, Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton of the Knicks and Guy Rodgers of Temple round out the class.
Sterling to appeal
Deposed Clippers owner Donald Sterling has asked an appellate court to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Lawyers for Sterling asked the Second District Court of Appeals to stay a probate judge’s ruling that cleared the way for the sale.
They say the judge prematurely finalized his ruling so the sale can be completed without a chance to appeal.
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