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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
 
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.

Comments

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:04 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Let's see this unclutch overated tool win one ring before we make bold predictions about him winning multipel titles. We all know if he wins in Miami it will be on the coat tails of a winner in Wade. Him discussing a return to Cleveland after only a year in Miami is so insulting to the city of Cleveland, I would be going insance with anger if I was a Cavs fan.



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:59 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Why can't this guy just SHUT UP?? 



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:58 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

@SDPRIDE17
 
And you base these facts on what, that he would get 4-6 rings and surpass Kobe and MJ in the ring count department? He has yet to win his first ring and now  you are awarding him 4 rings in Miami and 3 in Cleveland if he return to Cleveland.

Well the first thing he has to do is win one in Miami. Then perhaps if he is lucky, keep his health,  have the core group surrounding him he might win another.

I doubt if he will win 4 or 5 rings. I am wondering if he will ever win one. Based on this I doubt if he would surpass Kobe and certainly not MJ.

The Prince is in the process of repairing the bridges he burnt when he left Cleveland in that hour long tirade on TV about The Decision”

He know he is gonna get grief, he want to make it as little as possible.
 
“ONE MAN’S OPINION”






Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:56 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

hes going to win 4 rings with the heat and then go back to cleveland and win 2 or 3 probably surpassing mj and most definitely kobe
 Thanks. You just made me spit out my coffee from laughing so hard.



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:54 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Keep dreaming SD-no pride.  What is there to have pride in in San Diego?  Must be a fairy land inside of your head...Lebron surpassing MJ and Kobe in rings?  Might want to concentrate on getting ONE ring...because he has ZERO!!  



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:50 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

hes going to win 4 rings with the heat and then go back to cleveland and win 2 or 3 probably surpassing mj and most definitely kobe


Yea, because an older LeBron will be able to do what he couldn't do in his prime for Cleveland.

It is almost as laughable that you see 4 for Miami, but at least that is believable at the moment.



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:49 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Did someone finally get in his ear and explain how the PR game works?  Clearly he is not returning to Cleveland unless it is to play the Cavs or to live in retirement.  However, this interview clearly shows he is learning how to say the right things to make sure his visit to Cleveland is not mired completely in boos when he is on the court.



Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:48 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Aww, shucks!  There goes the suspense of LeDecision Part 2.



Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:47 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

hes going to win 4 rings with the heat and then go back to cleveland and win 2 or 3 probably surpassing mj and most definitely kobe 



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:46 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Blah, Blah, Blah...............


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