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Thursday, February 16th, 2012 at 3:05 pm  |  43 responses

LeBron James Can Imagine Himself Playing in Cleveland Again


Once again, LeBron James – unquestionably the most despised athlete in the history of Cleveland sports – says that it’s possible he could someday play for the Cavs again. From ESPN: “Could LeBron James see himself playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers again? He won’t rule it out and said that if he decided to return someday he hopes the town’s famously scorned fans would accept him back. James qualified it all by saying he’s happy playing for the championship-contending Miami Heat. But making his third return to Cleveland since his high-profile free agency departure, hard feelings seem to be thawing from James’ perspective. ‘I think it would be great, it would be fun to play in front of these fans again,’ James said after the Heat’s practice Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena. ‘I had a lot of fun times here. You can’t predict the future. Hopefully you continue to stay healthy. I’m here as a Miami player and I’m happy where I am now but I don’t rule that out in any sense. If I decide to come back, hopefully the fans will accept me.’ […] Time and circumstance seem to be closing the wounds. The Cavs drafted former Duke player Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 overall pick last year, as well as Tristan Thompson with the No. 4 pick. Thompson is represented by one of James’ closest friends, Rich Paul. James still spends his offseason living in nearby Akron, where most of his family still resides. James still expects to be booed heavily when the Heat play against the Cavs Friday night but doesn’t think it’ll have the same effects as last year. ‘It doesn’t sting anymore,’ James said. ‘The booing isn’t as bad as it was last year so it’s not even a big deal.’”

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  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    “So when I’m old and broken down, I’ll go back to Cleveland…and they better be glad!”

  • clutch

    Probably just said this to win the cleveland fans back over. He should have kept that to himself though.p

  • robb

    You know what’s funny? Dan Gilbert wouldn’t think about it twice, he’d take him back, and the fans who burned his jersey would be buying a new one in no time.

  • tomtom

    The league is so weird these days, and don’t give me the “he got asked a Q and gave an A” argument. This kind of stuff wouldn’t have been said 10 years ago, and lebron isn’t the only guy dialing out nonsensical quotes.

  • Paul H

    This post will be fun. I’d take him back If I was a Cavs fan. Then mock him incessantly at every juncture.

  • tomtom

    Dishing*

  • Heals

    I know this was reported on/covered last season so drop it already ESPN. Only you and Cleveland (and they don’t even really give a shht anymore) care about this time-killing, argument-creating nonsense…

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    tomtom, maybe because the media wasn’t so involved in it all back then?

  • Heals

    I know this was reported on/covered last season so drop it already ESPN. Only you and Cleveland (and they don’t even really give a shht anymore) care about this time-killing, argument-creating nonsense…

  • stlheatmaniac

    fuk cleveland. HEAT LETS GO!!!

  • Mike Mihalow

    I’m gonna translate this as LeBron saying he wants outta Miami.

  • T-Money

    why do people think this is a new development? he said at the beginning of LAST YEAR that he could see himself wrapping up his career in cleveland. this is not new at all. lebron never rejected the city of cleveland, he rejected mo williams, jamison, and anthony parker – the actual team. beyond the noise, bron is in miami because he thinks it’s the best way for him to win championships – he doesn’t even live there in the summer, he goes back to akron.

  • HiDef

    He should’ve never left

  • Dingo Rob

    Spot on tmoney

  • tomtom

    @tmoney Beginning of last year being the important part of that comment. He was trying to repair his rep in Cleveland and make a mens with the rest of the basketball world for self indulgent ‘decision’ debacle. THIS YEAR his team are the best in the league, he is the mvp up to this point and (unfortunatly) the heat look like the smart money to win the chip this year. Big difference in circumstances, just get on with you job and stop trying to make the world love you.

  • tomtom

    @max good point. Still don’t see what is so difficult about ‘no comment’.

  • http://www.nicekicks.com Chris

    Saying no comment looks like he’s ducking the question when he quite obviously has an opinion on it. It’s a lose-lose situation no matter what he says about he city, people are always going to assume he has an ulterior motive.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    @tomtom, I think the league can fine you for that. Wich is alot of BS

  • Donatello

    @Mike Mihalow LMAO!

  • Nick

    The problem is Cleveland fans cannot imagine LeBron playing in Cleveland again.

  • neaorin

    Realistically he’ll never play for the Cavs again. But the real important quote, which you guys left out, was him acknowledging that he made some mistakes and did some things he’d like to take back. It’s never too late to admit that you screwed up.

  • LA Huey

    Hypothetically: Let’s say he returned. Do they switch back to the “LeBron era” unis, stick with the current ones, or change to brand new ones?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    His mom must have told him to say this, since he always talks to her. This dude is dumb. Just play man.

  • Dubya816

    He left so they could flop and get Kyrie and Tristan and his plan all along was to go back and play with those two. Duh people. (heavy sarcasm)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCJwoEHRU_A&feature=related TheKid

    So, LeBron, I take you comment as saying you wont win 6+ championships as you said because basic math tells me you cant win 6+ championships in one non-extended contract….

  • RedRum

    I have start to really feel sorry for the guy. He is to the point where he will say and do anything to get back some of the love he was getting while in Cleveland. It is also obvious that he has not management team behind him. No one stops him from saying stupid things. Remember, Jordan built his legacy by having probably the most capable manager behind him, Falkner. He knew MJs fiery character and would not let him talk about anything else apart the game. Everything MJ said was filtered to perfection. Unfortunately Lebron surrounded himself with his high school posse, who does not really manage him. It is really a shame the most talented player to ever step into a basketball court to withhold from us fans greatness because of bad decisions outside of the court… (and yes… in terms of skill he is even above MJ, though there is no comparison for greatness…)

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    fine lebron I DARE you to go back to cleveland even if its just a 10 game contract… shots on me for every jersey burned that day

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    It has already been proven that The King can go wherever he wants.
    The King can DO whatever he wants.
    He can even say whatever he wants.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Can he imagine himself winning championships?

  • T-Money

    Lol at people feeling sorry for Bron. You WISH he was miserable. Bron is living a great life, no worries.

  • deadbored

    @RedRum…spot on. It sucks that people give a damn how players conduct themselves off the court. Most people have differing perspectives and stil not many people can accept that.

  • c.a.

    I don’t want to hate Lebron. I really really don’t. But then he makes dumb comments like this and I cannot find a blood cell to favour him.

    Leave Cleveland alone. You left. You spurned them. This is like dumping someone, and when they have finally moved on with another, uglier, lover, saying you could see a time when you get back with them.

    LBJ is such a media whore, and yes may have a ‘better life’ than me but smacks of being insecure and needy.
    No-one has mentioned the disrespect to Miami in this either, as it seems acceptable because 1) it is where he is from and 2) the Cavs suck right now.

    Plus, if anyone says he was just being polite, oh please. Is he going to the 29 other cities and going to say “i could definitely imagine a time when I could play for the Lakers/ Spurs/ Warriors/ Raptors/ Thunder/ New York Lins” just to appease people?

    Wrong time, wrong time Lebron. Some people have not healed from your decision yet. You need to get yourself some new advisers.
    Who else would be deluded enough to say he would return to a place where they BURNT HIS JERSEY?
    This guy is so self-unaware, I am beginning to think he is a robot.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    I was thinking about how sincere he could possibly be about his statement and figured a few things. Chances are that if he wins a title or two or three in Miami by the time his contract is up, he might feel like his work is done there. And should Cleveland still have Irving at PG and maybe another lottery pick at Center or PF and actually playing good ball, he might feel compelled to go there and REALLY help them win a title that time around. Then again, this could all be just another attempt at fixing his public image and truly has no intentions of working for Gilbert again…

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Alright, my brethren, it goes like this;
    1. The media is a whore to The King.
    Period.
    2. The King does not have to imagine playing for other teams… other teams imagine HIM playing for THEM. As was expressed AND exibited during the “Decisiongate” quagmire. (alleged quagmire, for it was beilliant, and forever changed the game as we know it)
    Teams from across the land showed themselves as whores, lusting AND exalting in the idea that he may just come to their peasant town and save their teams.
    Government leaders and gentiles alike swooned AND danced for The King, as he plundered and marched along with his men.
    3. The King may have a better life than some. As is such, many of us who are fortunate enough to be able to express ourselves on this very site, and others, surely have a better life than many people that inhabit this planet who cannot do as such. Even if they wanted to.
    4. The King is not Jordan. It would behoove many members of our brethren to let that go.
    5. Why does The King need new men/women? Has he gotten in trouble off the court? Has he allegedly assaulted peasants during a church sermon, and then paid them not to publicly humiliate him afterward? Has The King been alleged to have physically forced himself upon anyone? Has he been alleged to have belittled AND verbally attacked a maid, who cleans up all of his excretions dutifully? Is he risking a portion of his finances because he cannot control himself physically?
    Oh.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Or, is it because The King is Black?…

  •  JRok

    ^ WTF just happened there?

  • Justin G.

    @Max and tomtom…This stuff wouldn’t have been said 10 years ago because a superstar didn’t leave his team in the manner that James did…well, ever. @Philosopher…Lebron and the media are whores to each other. Don’t even pretend that James doesn’t love attention. Yes, Lebron imagined playing for other teams. Otherwise he wouldn’t be with the Heat. He probably imagined it during the game that Wade dunked over/on/through Verajao. I’ve been thinking about it and I think Lebron calling himself “King” might be the worst nickname in sports. Doesn’t it make sense that you actually have to win something before you can be called that? Not MVPs or scoring titles but championships.

  • EJ

    Philo’s basketball fandom is hilarious.

  • Cizzo

    Bron need to shut the eff up …like most of you Busters on here forreal…

  • stlheatmaniac

    PHILO U GOT ME ROLLIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LHHHHHHHH!!!! fuk cleveland and all they wak azz sports teams!! wats funny is Cleveland produced one of the greatest players ever but he had to leave his losin azz city to get his chip lhhhh! and yea he will win his chips wit tha heat

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Brandon Jennings, meet Lebron James.

  • JENA

    he should never go bak to clevland THEY SUCK

  • lisa

    LeBron is not King… He is LeBron with 2 MVPs and no chips. If he does manage to win a few he still won’t be King… And he never will be. I don’t see anyone winning more than Kobe(5)..the most in this generation. LeBron will be lucky to get 3 because the East is getting more and more competitive. The question everone is asking, “Who can beat the Heat in seven games ?”… That’s the same question they asked when the Lakers were in favor of winning the championship. Anything can happen in this league as we saw last season.

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