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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 8:55 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

I just wich LeChoke would stop talking.  The problem is he can't.
Lebron is in a no win situation. If he refuses to give interviews, he will be criticized. If refuses to answer certain questions, he will be criticized. If he says he would not go back to Cleveland, he will be criticized. He says he would consider it and he is criticized.

He created this negative buzz and yet he wants to carry on commenting always about things other than what should be most important, the Heat winning a championship.  It just shows how he continues to have his priorities out of whack.
So does every player that answers a question not relating to winning a championship, have their priorities out of whack? Can you imagine the negative reaction he would have if he said he would only answer questions relating to winning a championship.

Believe me, most Cleveland fans do not want him and his whole entourage back and as long as Dan Gilbert is the owner, he will never be allowed back.
Would definitely agree with this statement.



Since: Apr 16, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:55 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 



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:42 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

This is the latest in his "Alienation Tour."  He can't seem to keep his mouth shut on the most ridiculous things. He's too focused on fans and dunks. I guess no one can really talk to him to let him know that all of that kind of stuff will fall in place if he performs well in the bigget moments, something he's not been able to do too well.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:36 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

WHAT A JOKE .......
he leaves cleveland after a huge slap in the cav's fans faces .. now has the audacity to tease the cleveland faithful ... someone should send him a 'WE DONT WANT U BACK- TRADER " letter    
So is every free agent that signs with another team a traitor or is that reserved for Lebron only? Would have been better if he had demanded he be traded in the middle of his contract like some other NBA players have done/are doing? He fulfilled his contract and decide to play elsewhere. It happens all the time. How he did it was wrong and he has admitted so.



Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:35 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible


Believe he said hed come back 'if the fans will embrace him'. Myself, cant see that happening...



Since: Apr 16, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:23 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

WHAT A JOKE .......
he leaves cleveland after a huge slap in the cav's fans faces .. now has the audacity to tease the cleveland faithful ... someone should send him a 'WE DONT WANT U BACK- TRADER " letter    



Since: Jun 19, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:19 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

I just wich LeChoke would stop talking.  The problem is he can't.  He NEEDS the fan bases to love him and that is so far from reality and he can't take it.  He created this negative buzz and yet he wants to carry on commenting always about things other than what should be most important, the Heat winning a championship.  It just shows how he continues to have his priorities out of whack.  Believe me, most Cleveland fans do not want him and his whole entourage back and as long as Dan Gilbert is the owner, he will never be allowed back.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:18 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Yet another example of a writer creating some "news."  They can't bash Lebron right now because the Team is winning, so they needed something to write about.  Ignore this guy until he chokes again in the playoffs.  If he doesn't choke in the playoffs, and finally does win the ring, then interview him BECAUSE him not choking would be news!!    



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:55 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Lebron was the best thing in Cleveland since Jim Brown.



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:54 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Being more serious now, James teaming up with Kyrie Irving would automatically put the Cavs back in the game again.

This is assuming Irving doesn't jump ship somewhere else.  You do have to wonder how much LeBron would have left in the tank once his contract with Miami runs out but it could be a decent team.  However, I don't see him coming back to the Cavs.....Would fans even accept him?


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