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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, 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 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.


Since: Apr 16, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:14 am

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

hey , cav's fans can do what they want ... accept him OR toss him to the curb . its their money they spend on season tix and cable tv .... thats their decision BUT I WOULDNT FORGET SO QUICKLY ..

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:11 am

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

I wonder how many who criticize him for his decision would make the same decision if they were presented with the same options. You can be upset with how he announced his decision, but hard to argue the logic behind it. If his goal is to win a championship, then he had a better chance to fulfill that goal in Miami. Go to Miami, play on team run by Pat Riley along side Wade and Bosh or stay in Cleveland, play for Gilbert along side Jamison and Varejao. Which one do you think gives him a better chance to win a championship?

Being from Miami I can give you the example of Dan Marino. He never played on a team that had the talent that Joe Montana played with in San Francisco. Marino played his entire career in Miami, put up some great numbers, but never won a championship.  Many out there think he is not as good as Montana because he does not have any championship rings. It definitely bothers Marino that he did not play on Super Bowl winning team.

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

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

GATOR ... no im not surprised .... but he is not a high school player and he is the only player i can remember who made a production out of himself leaving ...  

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:07 am

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

So desperate for a title, they will embrace the guy who humiliated them on national TV. WOWZERS!Surprised

Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 9:50 am

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Yes, as a Cav's fan I was ticked when he took his talents to South Beach and I admit I spent last year rooting against Miami as much as I did rooting for the Cav's.  A year has gone by and I have moved on.  My resentment toward Lebron has passed but I still believe now what I believed then - by leaving Cleveland Lebron dealt his legacy some serious blows.  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.

Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 9:44 am

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Jackie Moon can stay in Miami, or go wherever he wants as long as it is not back to Cleveland.  I really don't care.  I was not much of a fan when he was with Cleveland.  I mean great, if you want to watch a player go one on five with four on the side, that is great!  -No, not so.  The best player in the NBA does not play in Miami.  Definitely LeBron, won't be even close when his contract comes up next.  Stay away!!

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 9:39 am

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Cleveland should have an hour long show called The Decicion II" Then kick LeBron in the sack all the way back to Miami.

Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 9:02 am

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

  Come on people if it is our goal to win a championship then why no embrace the best player in the game if he wants to return home.  I was angry with LeBron for how he left, he said he was sorry.  Lets forgive him and embrace his return if that's what he chooses to do.  COME BACK HOME LeBRON!!!!!

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 9:00 am

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

no .... but he had a televised show to announce his departure to another team .... which i consider a huge slap in the face of cavalier fans .... this is different than just a move to another team ....THANK U
In this day where high school players announce on national tv where they will attend college, is that surprising that a pro athlete would do it. As I said in the last sentence in my previous response to you, it was a mistake and he has admitted so. If this is the biggest mistake he makes, he has lived a great life. Look around at what some other pro athletes have done and this mistake pales in comparison.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:56 am

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

This story is all over the SoFla radio air waves.  Everything from 'traitor' to 'wrong decision' to 'he should have brought DWade to Cleveland'.  If anything, the only thing he should have said was that he's happy in Miami, he's under contract, and he's looking forward to winning championships with the Heat.  End of story.  But no, he's so bent on everyone (or anyone outside of Dade/Broward) liking him that he'll say just about anything in order to win fan support.  Instead, he just continues to put his foot in his mouth.  Riles the Calculator (Pat Riley) needs to put the dunce cap on Lebron and stand him in the corner for 45 minutes.  Once one of the most revered sports icons, it seems his mouth brings him down the ladder of mediocrity every time.

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