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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.

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Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:53 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

F you, bearcats.  I would never step foot near that arena if that piece of human garbage played for the Cavs again.  The only exception is if you let me take a baseball bat with me so I could take his knees out.  I really, really, really hate him.
Get some perspective on things. Lebron hasn't raped women, killed anyone, abused children, etc. His big crime is that he left Cleveland as a free agent. He played out his contract. He brought the Cleveland team to levels it had not been to before and then decided to play elsewhere because he wanted to win a championship. Obviously I can understand you being disappointed with his decision and upset with the way he announced it, but to want to cripple him because of it is just plain stupid. Yes Lebron has a big ego, as do most great athletes, actors, singers, musicians, politicians, etc. He also has used his stardom to help others. Save your hatred for those who do something to deserve it - i.e. murderers, rapists, child abusers, etc.



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:35 am
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Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:04 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Love seeing all the bashing towards Lebron....knowing darn well if he did go back to Cleveland every single fan on here and in Cleveland would take him back...hahah




DawgMeat
Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:25 am
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Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:10 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

not welcome here.



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:53 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

"Water on the bridge?"

What does that even mean?  I've heard of water under the bridge, but never ON the bridge....



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:13 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

As Stupid as the Cleveland Owner Gilbert is Lebron is just as Stupid for trying to answer a question to Win over a few Dumb Cleveland Fans. Saying Cleveland is a possible return is crazy at this point in his career, that's something you would answer at the End of your career not now. Lebron stop trying to win over fans, just play Ball. I know DeWade is not happy that Lebron would answer such a Stupid question when he has been working on him to be more aggressive this season. You can't please everyone Lebron....



Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:01 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

lebrick just doesnt know when to shut-up


dlopez711
Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:24 am
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Since: Dec 18, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:01 am
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

After he finishes his contract with Miami and all those logged minutes, he will be on the backside of his playing days.  You really want this dude in the last quarter of his professional playing career?  His body of work until now should show you he is worthless in the 4th quarter.


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