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LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:34 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 11:11 pm
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Posted by Ben Golliver 

LeBron James says a return to the Cleveland Cavaliers is a possibility. (ESPN)

LeBron James set aflutter the hearts of basketball fans in his former NBA home on Thursday, telling reporters in Cleveland that he would consider a return to the Cavaliers later in his career. James' Miami Heat are in Cleveland to face the Cavaliers on Friday night. 

The Associated Press reports that James, an Akron, Ohio, native, said that a return to Cleveland was a possibility, although he is happy with how things have turned out in Miami. Of course, he made international headlines by bolting the Cavaliers during the summer of 2010 to form the Miami Heat's Big 3 with All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
 Asked if he could play for the Cavs again, James initially paused before giving his answer.

 "I don't know. I think it would be great," he said. "It would be fun to play in front of these fans again. I had a lot fun times in my seven years here. You can't predict the future and hopefully I continue to stay healthy. I'm here as a Miami Heat player, and I'm happy where I am now, but I don't rule that out in no sense.

"And if I decide to come back, hopefully the fans will accept me."
"Anything is possible," Wade told the AP regarding a possible James return to Cleveland. "Hopefully, I'm retired."

When James announced he was headed to Miami during a nationally-televised special called "The Decision," fans in Ohio burned his jerseys and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert publicly accused James of disloyalty and betrayal, guaranteeing that the Cavaliers would win an NBA title before the Heat.

On Thursday, James said that was all water under the bridge, according to ESPN.com, and admitted that he didn't handle his departure in the proper manner.

"I don't hold grudges, I hold them a little bit but I don't hold them that long," James said. "He said what he said out of anger. He probably would want to take that back, but I made a mistake, too. There's some things I'd want to take back as well. You learn from your mistakes and move on."

The Plain-Dealer reports that Gilbert will not respond to James' comment for fear of receiving a fine from the NBA league office.

When James returned to Quicken Loans Arena for the first time during the 2010-2011 season, he was met with heavy booing and dozens of signs and shirts mocking him.

"It doesn't sting anymore," James said, according to the AP. "The booing isn't as bad as it was last year so it's not even a big deal."

In case you were wondering, James' current contract runs through the 2015-2016 season. He has an early termination option for 2014-2015 and a player option for the final year of the deal, according to StoryTellersContracts.com. He will be 31 years old when the entirety of the deal is completed.

James, 27, spent his first seven NBA season with the Cavaliers. He is averaging 28.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 36.9 minutes per game this season, and he's a leading NBA MVP candidate.

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Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:40 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

@ Spot on!!! Money everywhere...cha-ching!!!   



Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:37 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Ledouche, just keep your egotistical, drunk mother having, 4th quarter choking, non-tipping, hairline receding dumbass in Sowf Beach.  Cleveland doesnt want you back. 



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:10 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

There must be something definitely wrong with the water where you're at if you can even compare Boozer's situation to that of Jordan's or even Lebron's. We are talking about people who have the ability to change the way basketball is played in the pro stadiums and outside in the parks. I sure as hell don't hear kids outside shooting ball talking about "watch me dunk like Booz". C'mon now!  This whole article has nothing to do with free agency.
My reply was not to the article, but to another poster. He was saying how much he loved Jordan because he was loyal (at least till later in his career) and how he did not like Lebron because he was not. I brought up Boozer as the poster was Bulls fan and the Bulls signed Boozer as a free agent. IMO if was ok with Boozer signing with another team as a free agent, he should be ok with Lebron doing it. IMO it is hypocritical to be ok with your team signing free agents, but say players can't sign with other teams. I wonder what the poster opinion would have been if Lebron had picked the Bulls.
Yes, Rodman was good in Detroit but he wasn't the best. He had been tossed around in San Antonio and once he came to the Bulls, that was when he was truly able to shine as the BEST defensive rebounder that I have ever seen in my 38 yrs of watching basketball and that's alot of basketball watched.
He won NBA Defensive Player of the year in 1990 and 1991 while with Detroit. He was on the NBA AllStar team twice while in Detroit. He had already won 4 rebounding crowns before he got to Chicago and his rebounding numbers went slightly down when he joined Chicago. IMO he was great before he got to Chicago.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:50 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Cleveland doesn't want you back, Lebron



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:38 pm
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Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:30 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

@ GATOR

Now I do agree with you 100% on your comments about the coaches. While having Phil in CHI was great, I just wonder how good of a coach he truly would have been if he hadn't had the kind of talent. In CHI, he had Pax, Mike, Pip, Grant, and Cartwright not to mention a solid bench and then when he went to LA, Kobe and Shaq. Nuff said. But as for greatness, Red and Riley. All day.



Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:26 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

@ GATOR

There must be something definitely wrong with the water where you're at if you can even compare Boozer's situation to that of Jordan's or even Lebron's. We are talking about people who have the ability to change the way basketball is played in the pro stadiums and outside in the parks. I sure as hell don't hear kids outside shooting ball talking about "watch me dunk like Booz". C'mon now!  This whole article has nothing to do with free agency.

Yes, Rodman was good in Detroit but he wasn't the best. He had been tossed around in San Antonio and once he came to the Bulls, that was when he was truly able to shine as the BEST defensive rebounder that I have ever seen in my 38 yrs of watching basketball and that's alot of basketball watched.



Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:18 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Re: IRoot's comment

I am a die hard Bulls fan for life and I agree that Pippen was the bomb but I remember his first couple of years. He was a very timid but gifted basketball player. I just believe that it was Jordan's aggressiveness and ability to push his teammates that made Scottie was he was. In no way shape or form am I trying to take anything away from him. Hell, I remember those playoff games against the Lakers when we had to switch up and put Pip on Magic due to the size of our PGs. Pip shut him down.

Now, Lebron? He had some talent there when he was there. Didn't they go to both the Eastern Conf championship and NBA championships a couple of years in a row with the talent in CLE? Because of that, I believe that they might have been missing only 1 or 2 key components and they win a championship.

But I do agree, this article was a complete waste of time. If he was to go back to CLE and be accepted with open arms by the fans then I lose ALL respect for Cavs fans for being complete hypocrites. DAMN THE MAN!!!!  HA HA HA



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:14 pm
 

I'm not ruling out that LeBron didn't have the

gonads to accept the challenge of bringing the Knicks a title, instead settling for being D-Wade's sidekick in Miami, but it's gotta be tough for him to see Jeremy Lin turn New York--the team and the City--upside down in a week and a half.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:08 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

And do you know why people like Pippen and Rodman are in the Hall of Fame? Its because of His Airness. Pippen might not have been anywhere close to being that good if it wasn't for Jordan and his loyalty to the Bulls.
Rodman was a great defender and rebounder before he got to the Bulls. Pippen would have put up great numbers where ever he played. Yes they won championships because of being on a team with Jordan and Jordan benefitted from them being on the team. Just like Lebron will benefit from being on a team with Wade and Bosh.

So I am guessing you hate Carlos Boozer as he was not loyal to his organization. Why should there even be free agency, as it leads to players being disloyal. Players should be required to play for the same organization for their entire career. 

He jumped ship cause he couldn't handle the pressure...bottom line.
That is your opinion, not a fact. My opinion is that he felt he had a much better chance of winning a championship in Miami. It is not like he is not under any pressure down here. He probably would have been under a lot less pressure if he stayed in Cleveland.


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