‘It’s gonna be unbelievable’: LeBron talks for 1st time since ‘Decision 2.0’

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BRAZIL -- At the World Cup in Brazil Saturday, LeBron James made his first public appearance since his decision to return to the Cavaliers.

Saturday was also the first time he spoke publicly since "Decision 2.0." After days of speculation, James made the announcement Friday in an essay published by Sports Illustrated. 

According to an interview with Reuters, James said it is an "exciting time for myself."

"You know, it's a place that I will be able to be home, to be able to represent for my family and friends and those fans, and it gives me an opportunity to reunite with one of my favorite teammates, Anderson Varejao, a Brazilian native, so it's gonna be unbelievable, man, I'm looking forward to the challenge.''

LeBron announced on Friday that he was returning to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers after leaving town in 2010 to play in Miami with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Reports state he's signed a two-year, $42 million deal with the Cavs.

Varejao posted a photo of himself and LeBron Saturday, welcoming his old friend to Brazil on both Instagram and Twitter.

In Reuters' interview, LeBron was also asked if he would play on the U.S. basketball team at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

"You know, I haven't committed just yet, but you know it would be great to be a part of it again just to be able to play in front of the world, play in front of the fans here in Brazil and Rio and be able to represent my country at the highest level," said LeBron. "So, we'll see, you know I got a little bit of time, but no matter if I'm on the team or not we're gonna bring the best guys that we can and come and try to win a gold medal.''

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