LeBron James Can Imagine Himself Playing in Cleveland Again

by February 16, 2012

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.’”