LeBron James captured the imagination of the sporting world on Friday when he announced his return to Cleveland in a first-person piece in Sports Illustrated.

Here are some of our favourite lines from LeBron's essay, as told to SI writer Lee Jenkins. 

'Where I bled'

“Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled.”

'Really tough'

“Remember when I was sitting up there at the Boys & Girls Club in 2010? I was thinking, This is really tough. I could feel it.”

'Nothing is given'

“In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.”

'Get to work'

“I’m not having a press conference or a party. After this, it’s time to get to work.”

'I've made mistakes'

“Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?”

'Not ready'

“We’re not ready right now. No way.”