LeBron Not Ruling Out Return to Cleveland. I Am.

Okay, okay, okay.  I know I vowed to never mention the name LeBron James on this site ever again but we’re going to put that on hold for a minute.  This is just way too good to pass up.

In an interview with GQ, James said he wouldn’t rule out returning to play for Cleveland some day.  He told writer J.R. Moehringer that “if there was an opportunity for me to return [to Cleveland]…and those fans welcome me back, that’d be a great story.”

Wait.  A great story for whom?  For him, maybe.  But certainly not for Cleveland fans.  He made us believe he truly cared about the city and its fans for seven years and then bam! he was gone as soon as the opportunity arose.  He’s a traitor.  A liar.  A quitter.  (I can go all day but I think you get the point).  He’s crazy if he honestly believes that any true Cavaliers’ fan is going to ever forgive him for what he did.  He reached through the television sets and slapped every single one of us in front of the entire world.  So, as far as I’m concerned, he can take Pat Riley, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of South Beach and…enjoy it.

Now let’s keep going with this interview.

He went on to say, “[Cleveland]’s not far [from Akron], but it is far.  And Clevelanders, because they were the bigger-city kids when we were growing up, looked down on us… So we didn’t actually like Cleveland.  We hated Cleveland growing up.  There’s a lot of people in Cleveland we still hate to this day.”

Hold on just one second.  There are a lot of people in Cleveland that he still hates, huh?  So how come he never mentioned any of this while he was in Cleveland for seven years?  Could it possibly be because he’s trying as hard as he can to create some sort of excuse for why he so easily betrayed the city after seven years of loyalty?  Loyalty.  A word that is inked on James’ skin so that he can actually say loyalty matters to him.  Keep on diggin’ yourself a hole, Squire.

And for the big finish…

He had a bit of a response for Dan Gilbert’s late-night letter: “I don’t think he ever cared about LeBron.  My mother always told me: ‘You will see the light of people when they hit adversity.  You’ll get a good sense of their character.’”  Ding, ding, ding! You hit the nail right on the head with that one, LeBron.

Remember back when the Cleveland Cavaliers were completely torn apart by the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals (adversity) and LeBron James walked off the floor without shaking hands with the Eastern Conference champs (character).  Or think back to when LeBron James played a horrible, horrible game in this season’s playoff loss to the Boston Celtics (adversity) and James took the podium and, instead of taking responsibility for his miserable play, claimed that those around him were “spoiled” by his play (character). 

Let’s do one more; I kind of like this game.

Do you remember when the Cleveland Cavaliers were kicked out of the playoffs, stretching the city’s championship drought at least one more year (adversity) and the “king” of the franchise went on national TV and quit (character)?

That’s character for you.  Was Dan Gilbert a tad out of line with some of the comments that he made?  Maybe so.  But I stand my ground in saying that he spoke for every single true Cavaliers fan in the world.  And, in all fairness, he was betrayed by a kid that he worked so hard to appease for the last seven seasons.

What’s LeBron’s excuse?

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