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Most ludicrous rumor ever: LeBron back to Cleveland

Jan 26, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

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I think Thomas Wolfe was right — you can’t go home again.

Especially if you are LeBron James. Certainly not in the near future. You are not going to returning to the Cavaliers.

At PBT we try to avoid the craziest, most ludicrous rumors out there (Dwight Howard for Amare Stoudemire, for example) and bring you the ones that could, maybe, become reality. But one crazy rumor has generated some buzz, so here it is, via Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio.

Now, there is talk that James is less-than-thrilled with certain aspects of the Heat organization. Sources in Miami say that while James still thoroughly enjoys playing alongside fellow stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, he doesn’t particularly care for the heavy-handed and disciplined style of team president Pat Riley.

James can opt out of his contract at the end of the 2013-14 season, and speculation is he will strongly consider it if Riley remains in his current role. And the team James would be eyeballing most in free agency, say those close to the situation, would be the Cavs.

I call… um… organic male cow generated fertilizer on that.

It’s not happening.

I’m not going to question if the writer was told this by someone, but I will question said source as “close to the situation” or sane. The writer is Cleveland based, so guess where his sources are. Is this the dream scenario for some in Cleveland? Maybe, but most of the city hates LeBron with a white hot passion of a thousand suns, and that includes the Cavaliers owner. Would LeBron like to have the run of the Miami organization like he did Cleveland? Sure, and Pat Riley will not let that happen.

But that is a long, long, long way from LeBron leaving Miami in a couple years — a true contender in the middle of a championship window — to go back to the Cavs. LeBron is going to be with the Heat for a while, he likes playing with his friend Dwyane Wade and winning. Or, look at it this way: Would you rather be young, rich and a superstar in Cleveland or Miami? Exactly.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who has followed LeBron since high school, makes a good point — LeBron might finish his career with the Cavs. A decade plus from now maybe the hatchet is buried. Maybe then he is welcomed home. I could see that. But not in couple years. Not even close.

  1. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    If he ever returns to the Cavs, I’d be surprised. I just don’t see it

    • skids003 - Jan 26, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      Right, never happen. But I wouldn’t doubt it one bit theat the great one doesn’t not like being treated like the king he thinks he is. And not telling someone like Riley what to do would erk someone of such great stature as the king.

  2. illcomm - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    lebron for Howard straight up

  3. narrabeen23 - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    this is a perfect storm of things that get kurt butthurt:

    1. LeBron not getting it done in MIA

    2. People badmouthing Riley

    3. The idea that LeBron is whiny and immature

    god i would love this scenario to play out haha

  4. tampajoey - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    “most of the city hates LeBron with a white hot passion of a thousand suns”, Kurt Helin has never written a truer truth.

    James will NEVER be accepted back in Ohio by the majority of Cavs fans.

    • redbullenergydrink - Jan 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      Remember when everyone in Philly was saying they would no longer cheer for the Eagles if they acquired Vick? Yeah…. what happened then? It’s all about WINS. Acceptance will follow.

  5. thatboi901 - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Cue the rumors of Lebron to LA, NY, Chicago or any other big market….

    • southbeachtalent - Jan 26, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      Why would any of those teams want a guy like LeBron? He’s horrible, doesn’t close out games, blah, blah,blah,blah,blah

  6. phillipsta1 - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Did Dan Gilbert die or sell the Cavaliers? No? Oh, then there is no chance of him ever playing for Cleveland again. I would imagine the Cavaliers organization would rather land in the basement every year than win by bringing him back. And I even think Cleveland fans would support it.

    • blueintown - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM


      • phillipsta1 - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        Pride is a big thing, you think Gilbert doesn’t have enough to be willing to try to win without this guy than be guaranteed to win with him? Perhaps you’ve forgotten his vitriolic email to the fan base. Cleveland, as an organization and fan base, would be willing to try to win without him while he is supposedly upset in Miami.

      • blueintown - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        How’s that whole winning without him thing going? If you want to win you want to have the best players. As an owner, Gilbert knows his franchise is much more valuable with James a part of it. If all you want to do is win, but you stubbornly insist on doing it without the skills of one of the greatest talents in the history of the planet despite his desires to assist you – regardless of past “burns” or perceived betrayals – you deserve all the 20 win seasons you are almost certain to accumulate.

      • CJ - Jan 26, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        I think what you meant to say was “organic male cow generated fertilizer “

    • david8726 - Jan 26, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      Agree completely. He will never go back there is Gilbert is still running the show in Cleveland.

  7. xli2006 - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    At some point fans will just stop taking the Sports Media seriously.

    • southbeachtalent - Jan 26, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      At some point? That happened for me a while ago.

    • bossmangunny - Jan 26, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      lol…but you guys are still reading the articles.

      • southbeachtalent - Jan 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

        male soap opera!

  8. Alohamrhand - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    I’ve decided to take my whining back to the Mistake by the Lake.

  9. asublimeday - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    He doesn’t want to get beat up on by D Rose for the next decade.

    • southbeachtalent - Jan 26, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      You wrote that backwards. (See 2011 Playoffs)

      Don’t make me find the quote where Rose basically says he can’t hang with LeBron..

    • blueintown - Jan 26, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      …so he wants to return to a team that’s in the same division as Rose? #durrrr

  10. bossmangunny - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    So Cleveland,heres the bad news,Lebron will never be a Cav again.Good news,you can still beat the Knicks

  11. raidmagic - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    The fans of Cleveland hate him only until he decides to come back. As a Magic fan we would have welcomed Shaq back anytime he would have come whether it was one season or 5.

  12. ThatGuy - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    I vote option C. This was Lebrons master plan all along. He needed someone to play with but wanted to be a Cav. So he took the short term hate and left. Allowing the Cavs to be the worst team in the league and get a 1st overall. Now in 2 years he will come back and it will be the Lebron and Irving show. He was just doing what is best for the long term future of the franchise.

    • tampajoey - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      You should write a sci-fi novel.

    • blueintown - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      James to Cleveland: “You’re welcome.”

  13. emaimo80 - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Miami is only going to improve, he is not going anywhere! Go heat!

  14. brentton32 - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    I’ve said this for a while that I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up going back to Cleveland. He is a home town type of guy and trust me the Cav fans would welcome him back with open arms. There would be very few who would still hold on to a hate for him. He is their prodigal son!

  15. bigtrav425 - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    this is more ludicrous then the ppl who actually think Bush jr was a good president! This will NOT happen bottom line,end of story. So stop the insanity with this “rumor” now….The guy was god here and he sucker punched and embarrassed us in front of the world…he made his choice and cannot go back on it

  16. dbick - Jan 26, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Maybe Lebron is a genius and loves Cleveland so much this was his ultimate diabolical plan. He knew Cleveland wasn’t going to get better without getting terrible first, so he leaves and plays ball with his friends for a while allowing the Cavs to hit rock bottom and draft a stud like Kyrie Irving, and probably another lottery pick this year. And then with 2 good, young players he returns to Cleveland with a heroes welcome. Brilliant, just brilliant.

  17. nflinla - Jan 26, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    If he opts out he’s going to the Lakers.

  18. asublimeday - Jan 26, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    2011 playoffs were an anomaly. Come back to the boards Monday after the bulls stomp the defHeat

    • southbeachtalent - Jan 26, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      So 4 out of 7 in the ECF was an anomaly….

      I never said the Bulls couldn’t beat the Heat, they just couldn’t beat them when it mattered.

    • david8726 - Jan 26, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      Sunday doesn’t mean anything. If the Heat win, it doesn’t matter. If the Bulls win, it doesn’t matter. It’s a regular season game.

      Rose is 0-1 against the Heat in the playoffs, and that’s the number that matters. Chicago fans are not allowed to talk real trash until they beat Miami in the playoffs.

  19. isujames - Jan 26, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    lebron is not and will not go back to that hopless,wretched,bitter city to play for that POS owner!!!!!

  20. goforthanddie - Jan 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    If he bails on Miami w/o winning a ring, no smart owner with championship aspirations will want leb. It would be nice if he wants to go back to CLE, so Gilbert can tell him go fsck himself.

  21. lcdcac - Jan 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    This is all made up mumbo jumbo. All that Riley stuff is made up. The sports media is and has been a joke for years.

    • bossmangunny - Jan 26, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      another fool who who can’t stand sports media so much that he reads the articles and feels compelled make a screen name and comment on a sports media website..

      • bossmangunny - Jan 26, 2012 at 4:55 PM

        pardon my typo,im not a writer,just some guy who enjoys reading articles on a sports media website.

  22. emaimo80 - Jan 26, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    southbeachtalent | Jan 26, 2012, 2:41 PM EST
    Why would any of those teams want a guy like LeBron? He’s horrible, doesn’t close out games, blah, blah,blah,blah,blah

    Have you even watched him play? He is the best player in the league by far according to this years current stats. Who wouldn’t want him? Do your homework before making such an uneducated comment. Horrible? Really?

    • ihatetoneydouglas - Jan 26, 2012 at 7:10 PM

      That was sarcasm,genius.

    • southbeachtalent - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      really, c’mon man!

  23. jtchernak - Jan 26, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Ya but what about the owner how awkward and ironic if lebron comes back after the owner said all those things

  24. ljl2 - Jan 26, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    I read this on Windhorst’s twitter feed a week before I saw it accredited to Amico…can’t seem to find it now though.

  25. asublimeday - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Any heat fans on this board actually watch a game before the year 2000?

    Didn’t think so. Thanks for playing.

    • david8726 - Jan 27, 2012 at 3:04 AM

      Hey look – Asublimeday says none of us have been long term fans of the team, so it must be true!

    • southbeachtalent - Jan 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      So you are faced with facts and resort to fanhood? I have two words, and if your a Heat fan you know what I mean…..”Allan Houston”.

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