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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: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:13 pm
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Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:09 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

James would make a good politician.



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:00 pm
 

I'm not gonna say that Dopez711 doesnt have a

sense of humor, or isnt a little over-sensitive, or isn't maybe a bit challenged in the IQ department, but this is like shooting fish in a barrel.  Tennessee isn't even close and my family and I have been having a lot of fun here in the kitchen hoping he'd take the bait and give me another shot at him before signing off.  THANKS!  YOU MADE OUR DAY!  Now, seriously, The Mentalist is starting and I'm not gonna have seat in the rec room if I don't close this baby out.  Thankyou, Dopez!  Thankyouverymuch.



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:53 pm
 

I'm not gonna rule out that being a Cubs fan

or a Cleveland fan of anything would be tough, and as a Packer fan I shouldn't complain.  But I still gotta live with the most irrelevant 15-2 football team of all time, so we all have our crosses to bear.  Goodnight everyone--it's been fun.  May LeBron enjoy the Miami sunshine, never win his title, and (even if he does) spend the next 30 years of his life wondering what he gave up when he settled for joining his competition rather than accepting the challenge (in New York or Cleveland) of beating them.  Had he done that, I would have been one of his biggest fans.


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Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:51 pm
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Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:49 pm
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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:47 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Well said partner - I am a loyal Browns, Indians, and Cavs fan.  I live in Vancouver, WA and take vacations to Cleveland just to see these teams play.  The Browns backer club is one of the biggest fan clubs in America if not the biggest.  
As Lebron, it would be nice to see him come back, however I am curious if Cleveland will win a title before he does in Miami.  At this point, I would have to say no, however they are one big trade away from making some noise this year!!



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:45 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

I am well aware the Cubs suck, it's reality. It's also reality that Cleveland sports suck.



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:42 pm
 

I'm not gonna say I'm done for awhile, but the

Mentalist is about to start in a few minutes and that passes for quality entertainment in our household.



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:40 pm
 

I'm not gonna say there's a perfectly good reason

that HDawg has a short memory and is determined not to live in the past.  You would too if you were a Cubs fan.


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