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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: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:55 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

You obviously don't pay attention too closely.  Everything he said glowingly about "his city" referred to Akron.  Nowhere did he ever say he liked Cleveland.  He never did.  Having his MVP acceptance parties in Akron and not Cleveland both times, among countless other digs at Cleveland along the way from LeBum does not speak about his love for Cleveland but rather his disdain.
My question was what did he say negatively about Cleveland or Akron. Still waiting for an answer.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:45 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

You obviously don't pay attention too closely.  Everything he said glowingly about "his city" referred to Akron.  Nowhere did he ever say he liked Cleveland.  He never did.  Having his MVP acceptance parties in Akron and not Cleveland both times, among countless other digs at Cleveland along the way from LeBum does not speak about his love for Cleveland but rather his disdain.



Since: Dec 25, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:39 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Always remember


Jordan> Kobe> LeBroom!



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:39 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Reserved for any azzclown that kicked his home town in the sack on national TV for a hour... Guess that comes down to LBJ
I am sorry I must have missed it. What negative comments in that hour did he say about Cleveland and Akron? I have always heard him say very positive things about Cleveland and Akron. It would have been very easy for him to say negative things with the reaction he recieved, but he has not. He made a mistake in announcing his decision on tv, but he did not kick his home town in the sack.  If he could come out and said that Cleveland sucks, that fans are horrible and that he never considered re-signing withh such a terrible organization, that would have been "kicking them in the sack". Instead he said it was a very difficult decison - wow how horrible.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:29 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

i have a feeling when old danny boy looks at his bank account he forgets about the championship he never won ...
Getting to hear him interviewed almost every week on the radio, I can tell you that it bothers him. He is a very competitive person and will never forget that he did not play on championship team.



Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:28 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

So is every free agent that signs with another team a traitor or is that reserved for Lebron only?

Reserved for any azzclown that kicked his home town in the sack on national TV for a hour... Guess that comes down to LBJ



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:26 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

pat riley is garbage .... phil jackson flushed him down the toilet years ago ..
You lost all credibility with that statement. You may not like Pat Riley, but he is good at what he does. Phil Jackson has been very good at picking his jobs. How many coaches could have accomplished similar numbers if they had coached those Bulls and Lakers teams.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:22 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Even if he wins 5 rings while in Miami, most people will remember how he had to go to a team that was loaded in order to do it.  An act that Jordan would have considered unacceptable.
Yeah because Jordan played on teams without any talent - just like Bird and Magic. Rodman and Pippen are both in the basketball Hall of Fame. Please tell me who on Cleveland's teams when Lebron was there will be voted in to the Hall of Fame for how they played in Cleveland. Shaq will get in, but certainly not for anything he did in Cleveland. If Cleveland could have attracted some top free agents, Lebron would still be in Cleveland. It is easy to say that you wouldn't do it, when you never have to make that choice.



Since: Apr 16, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:19 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

i have a feeling when old danny boy looks at his bank account he forgets about the championship he never won ... 



Since: Apr 16, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:18 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

pat riley is garbage .... phil jackson flushed him down the toilet years ago ...


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