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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: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:36 pm
 

I'm not gonna rule out that LeBron's finishing

at #6 in a recent poll of Most-Disliked Athletes isn't an improvement from last summer, but he's gotta be a little worried that everyone in front of him did time or married a Kardashian.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:31 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

I live in Westlake. And who cares what happened prior to the Super Bowl? Notre Dame used to own college football but it's a far cry from that these days.



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:28 pm
 

I'm not ruling out that LeBron won't regret not

accepting the challenge of trying to turn the Knicks into a winner (that would have taken testicles, no doubt), but I'm betting he's having a few second thoughts now that it took Jeremy Lin a week and a half to own New York.



Since: Apr 9, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:23 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

Oh man this is just comical. He's playing Cleveland like a fiddle.



Since: Feb 16, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:20 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

The Browns are nothing like the Cubs, they won 8 titles from 1946-64, 4 in the AAFC and 4 in the NFL. The NFL likes to discount the titles in the AAFC, but each year the AAFC challened the NFL to have its champ play the NFL's champ and the NFL declined. Then when they merged, the Browns destroyed the NFL's champ from the previous year 35-10. The Browns appeared in 6 straight NFL title games after the merger, going 3-3. Add the titles in the AAFC and you see the Browns were in the title game 10 straight years! Just because this all happened before the Super Bowl era doesnt mean the Browns didnt win those titles and werent the best team in the country. You're not a very big football fan if you discredit that. So tell me again how the Browns are like the Cubs? 8 titles since 1946, a year after the last time the Cubs were even in the World Series, and the Cubs havent ever even won the World Series, oh wait they did, back in 1908 LOL. If the World Series was scrapped and a new playoff format was created and renamed the American Slugfest would you wipe out all those teams that won the title in years past, even your beloved Cubs, I don't think so...and Cleveland fans arent fairweather fans, you're not from Cleveland, doubt you actually live there and attend games, every team/city has fairweather fans, but to stereotype all of them as fairweather and generalize is inaccurate to say the least




Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:17 pm
 

I'm not ruling out that Burger2000 isn't as con-

fused as DLopez711, but he should read my response to him anyway.



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:16 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

I have never been to Cleveland but I am not ruling out a visit there in the future.



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:15 pm
 

I'm not ruling out that DLopez711 isn't clueless

but someone needs to tell him that the vast majority of us non-Ohians who scorn LeBron don't do so because he left Cleveland (Hell, I'd have left) but because he staged a national TV event to do it and because he didn't have the guts to go to New York and try to win without D-Wade instead of becoming his sidekick.



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:11 pm
 

I'm not ruling out that the Badgers might get

some favorable reffing in East Lansing tonight to pull out the road win in spite of the 20,000 Spartan fans screaming for blood, but if I'm Bo Ryan, I'm not building it into my game plan.



Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:10 pm
 

LeBron James: Return to Cleveland is possible

cleveland should hold a press conference, and tell him that he's not welcome back.

"later" in his career ?
you mean when he can't get a ridiculously huge contract offer elsewhere, once his skills start fading ?

"if i decide to come back" ?!
um.... first they'd have to WANT you, james.











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