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Cleveland Cavaliers Fans Would Embrace the Prodigal LeBron Return

February 17, 2012

Wait. What?

LeBron recently hinted that he might want to return to Cleveland.

Huh? What exactly did he say?

When a reporter asked him about the possibility of someday returning to Cleveland:

“I think it would be great, it would be fun to play in front of these fans again.”
“I had a lot of fun times here. You can’t predict the future.”
“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.”

When asked about the quotes the next day, he backpedaled a bit, claiming that he is happy where he is, focused on the season ahead, blah blah. But he still managed to throw this in:

“I answered it truthfully. I answered the question truthfully. But it’s all about this season for me and it’s all about playing with this Miami Heat team and trying to win an NBA championship. The fans of Miami shouldn’t be worried about anything at this point.”

At this point. What a tease. And a pretty dick move to any Heat fans-if-they-existed.

He’s an asshole. And you’re an asshole for believing him in the first place.

Oh, I am not buying into it at all. I know it’s all a charade. It would be silly to take these quotes at face value, and to entertain even the slightest excitement over a remote hope of his return in the summer of 2014.

So then what do you think about his quotes?

I’m sure it’s just a combination of 1) an attempt to put a muzzle on some of the boo birds tonight and 2) LeBron just taking advantage of another opportunity bask in the national limelight. Fuck Linsanity. Hey ESPN! Guess what? I wanna go back to Cleveland!

Sounds like an attention-starved drama-queen.

Yup. Twitter-follower @bobbyhuey kinda brought this up. The best analogy to all these quotes is a psycho ex-girlfriend that calls you to place some hooks in you: “I’m just not sure about this new guy. I don’t know. Maybe we were meant to be together. In the future. Just … think of me, OK?”

And it works. Good luck reading or listening to anything but banter on these quotes in the Cleveland sports media. So predictable.

… as you’re writing a blog post about it.


OK, so if you don’t think it’s going to happen… Then what’s with the title?

It’s predicated on a big “IF.”


All I’m trying to say is that IF it were all true and LeBron really wanted to return to Cleveland, everyone that they would stop being Cavs fans is lying to themselves. We would welcome him back.

Fuck that. He’s a traitor!

Listen, I can’t stand LeBron as much as the next guy. I believe he had every right to leave as a free agent, but the way he left warrants my scathing. And snarky blog posts.

That being said, he is still the most talented basketball player on earth.

Don’t you need a few rings before you can make that claim?

I said “most talented.” Not “best.” Big difference.

Whatever. Well, he’d better change as a person before I welcome him back to my city. And I don’t see that happening.

And would there be any greater evidence of a new, humbled persona than the act itself of returning?

To return to Cleveland is to essentially admit he was wrong and ask for forgiveness from a place that has cursed him, scorned him, and burned anything in his likeness. He would be swallowing his pride almost entirely by extending such an olive branch.

How would that not be proof that he has changed as a person?

Damn. Good point.


But what makes you think that I want to presumably give a max contract to a 30 year old in 2014?

Now, that’s actually a very valid argument and one that was brought up by another follower @ConradMorgan23. I’m not going to try to dispel that one. But let’s see what his game looks like in a year and a half and cross that bridge when we get to it.

OK. But, that’s not even the important thing… the guy QUIT on the Cavs! How do you expect me to forget that?!

I’m not saying it would be easy. But time heals all wounds. And IF LeBron were to admit he made a mistake and sought forgiveness (which I believe the act of returning would in itself embody), then I would welcome him back with open arms if it meant good things for the Cavaliers.

And it would mean great things.

Again, he is the most talented player in the game. Pair him up with a great young point guard in Kyrie Irving and surround them with some role players? That team is immediately a championship contender and better than any team LeBron had while he was in Cleveland.

So you would forgive him, just like that?

I mean, I don’t think it would be easy for either of us – so I think the phrase “just like that” is a little misleading.

You do realize you are arguing against a straw man right?

Yes. But, really, it would mean a lot to me if LeBron was able to swallow his pride to that extent. That would show me enough to accept an olive branch.

Besides, I will always care more about the Cleveland Cavaliers than I ever will about one individual player. So if it means a better chance that I can participate in a parade down East 9th in my lifetime, then I’m in.

But where is your community pride? We would be the laughing stock of the country if we asked for him back.

Let’s be clear, this would be LeBron asking us to come back. Not vice-versa.

If we were to reject this individual seeking atonement for his transgressions, we would appear spiteful, petty, and vengeful to the world outside of Northeast Ohio. If we were to accept him, it would be one of the greatest reconciliation stories in sports history.

Think of the parable of the Prodigal Son. “But it was appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for this, your brother, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.” Luke 15:32

OK, Tebow.

Shut up.

One Comment leave one →
  1. February 28, 2012 11:09 am

    I dig the Terry Pluto “voices in my head” act. And you came up with the right answer, too. /golfclap

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