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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: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:01 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Re: griff's comment
Pippen was the bomb. Without Jordan, his stats would have been better (but less rings of course). But I think he would have been a superstar if he didn't have to share the spotlight so much. Rodman - only part of his story was in Chicago. He had a long history in Detroit too.
As far as Lebron - (disclaimer: I am a Pistons fan :( and would like nothing more than to see Lebron/Miami fail but...) he jumped ship because he was surrounded by douchbags. Exhibit A: Dan Gilbert. They do not have a championship caliber organization in Cleveland. Why waste your career there? I would have jumped ship too.

As far as this article - no story here. It's just extreme speculation based on a dumb question some reporter dropped on Lebron with no warning. Then they made a mountain out of a molehill. He had to say something without pissing off everyone again.



Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:57 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Vitamin Water stays on the bridge. All other water is under the bridge.




Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:52 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Is this an article or a vitamin water promo. Come on, that is close to being the most assinine picture that could have been used. Man I'm thirsty for some reason i feel like a bit o vitamin in my water. I wonder why?



Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:29 pm
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Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:27 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Not knocking either Hubie or Larry Brown, but they shouldn't be compared to Pat Riley or Phil Jackson. Maybe Red Auerbach, John Kundla, or Greg Popovich... I also understand what you mean by other coaches, but Phil was the best psychological coach ever. He motivated players to give their heart & soul to play for him. It's hard to win a championship, but to win year after year takes a great motivator because athletes lose their desire to stay committed to doing what got them a championship....
One of the radio announcers down here says the best coaching job he has ever seen is what Hubie Brown did at Memphis.  Larry Brown again coached teams that did not have the greatest talent, but he had some success with them. Red Auerbach and Phil coached teams that had the best talent which makes it a lot easier to win championships. Pat Riley had the best talent when he was with the Lakes, but he also had success with teams in New York and Miami where he did not have the best talent. Yes Phil is a great motivator and great coach, but it is hard for me to say for certain if he is the best coach ever. Would loved to see how he did with a team that was less talented.



Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:01 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

LeBron truly is a piece of......



Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:50 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Not knocking either Hubie or Larry Brown, but they shouldn't be compared to Pat Riley or Phil Jackson. Maybe Red Auerbach, John Kundla, or Greg Popovich... I also understand what you mean by other coaches, but Phil was the best psychological coach ever. He motivated players to give their heart & soul to play for him. It's hard to win a championship, but to win year after year takes a great motivator because athletes lose their desire to stay committed to doing what got them a championship....



Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:45 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

It's not always about what you say and what you don't say.  This is why I absolutely despise Dwight Howard right now...I'm a Magic fan, have been since the team was "born" lol.    Lebron knew what his decision was before they decided to air "The Decision."  It was an hour long smackfest in the face to Cleveland in the sense that it doesn't need to be suspenseful.  The same thing goes with Dwight....every day he flip flops, and if u even ponder upon the thought that you "may not" wanna play on that team, in my mind..you don't wanna play on that team.    I hope to God that Dwight gets traded by the deadline just so I don't have to see him publicly insult his teammates on the court, and run up his technical count giving up free points, and giving up more free points with the MASSIVE amount of free throws he misses and then having the nerrrrrvvveee to call out your teammates for lack of effort, LMAO.......but I digressed lol, I'm sorry.     My point is.....it boils down to the old saying "actions speak louder than words."   The LOYAL and RESPECTFUL thing to do would have been to refuse to do that interview and tell the teams that were involved privately before it went public.   The LOYAL and RESPECTFUL thing for Dwight to do is to say I don't want to play here, I'm not going to sign an extension when my contract is up so get as much as you can while you can.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:07 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Mike Brown is struggling with an older "that team". Derek Fisher and World Peace are no where near the players that they used to be. I also do not picture Mike Brown ever being considered among the best ever at coaching. When I said how many other coaches would have similar success I was referring to guys like Pat Riley, Hubbie Brown, Larry Brown - coaches of that quality. I was not trying to say that Phil Jackson is not a great coach, but that I think that there are other coaches that would have similar success with the players he had.



Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:56 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Gator863..... Mike Brown is struggling with "that team"


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