Pat Riley "disappointed" by LeBron James departure

Miami Heat forward LeBron James smiles during their game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on January 10, 2012
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Miami Heat president Pat Riley says that it is "disappointing" to see LeBron James return to the Cleveland Cavaliers after four years with the Florida side.

Miami Heat president Pat Riley has admitted that he is "disappointed" that LeBron James has decided to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The four-time MVP opted out of his contract with the Heat last month to become an unrestricted free agent before confirming that he was rejoining his hometown team yesterday.

Riley said in a statement: "While I am disappointed by LeBron's decision to leave Miami, no-one can fault another person for wanting to return home.

"The last four years have been an incredible run for South Florida, Heat fans, our organisation and for all of the players who were a part of it. LeBron is a fantastic leader, athlete, teammate and person, and we are all sorry to see him go.

"We've won multiple championships and competed for many others. Micky [Arison], Erik [Spoelstra] and I remain committed to doing whatever it takes to win and compete for championships for many years to come. We've proven that we can do it and we'll do it again."

The Heat won two NBA titles during James's four-year spell with the team.

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