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Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 02/17/2012

LeBron James tells Miami Heat fans he isn’t going anywhere


LeBron James isn’t pondering a move. (TAMI CHAPPELL / Reuters)
It’s not easy being king. A day after saying he could envision returning to the Cleveland Cavs, LeBron James reassured Miami Heat fans.

“Nah, [Heat fans] they shouldn't be worried at all,” James said (via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel). “I love the fans in Miami and I'm here. The question was basically could I see myself playing back here. I said, ‘Yeah’ in the sense of I don't know what my future holds and I don't want to take that out, but, I mean, I love the fans of Miami and I got everything invested with this team and I'm looking forward to the years to come.”

Floridians may have been concerned that they were about to experience the kind of “LeBron watch” Ohioans were subjected to just before James bolted for South Beach in the summer of 2010.

“I mean I'm already on ‘LeBron Watch,’ ” he said with a smile. “For the most part, everything I do is a ‘LeBron Watch.’ Like I said, my mindset is on this season. My mindset is on helping this team win a championship and continuing to get better every day. And I'm looking forward to getting back to Miami and seeing the fans.”

James grew up in Akron and tweeted his Valentine ’s Day joy at being back in Ohio for tonight’s game against the Cavs.

“Like I said, it was a very difficult year for me last year, a transition year for myself, on the court and off the court [with the decision to move his fiancee and children to Miami]. So I'm very comfortable when I'm with my whole family and my family is down there and I feel great.”

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