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Nearly half of Cleveland poll respondents don’t want LeBron James signing with Cavaliers

Mar 22, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer is running a poll asking Cleveland Cavaliers fans, “Do you want LeBron James to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers?” Currently, the voting is:

  • Yes – 52 percent
  • No – 35 percent
  • Unsure – 13 percent

In related news, 48 percent of poll respondents are liars (plus or minus the number of non-Cavs fans who voted in the poll).

If LeBron signed with Cleveland, Cavaliers fans would welcome him with open arms. I understand that it hurt when he left, but LeBron – the NBA’s best player since Michael Jordan – choosing to return would heal all wounds. As difficult as it is to accept right now, even Dan Gilbert would want someone like that on his favorite team – no matter the circumstances of his departure.

  1. asimonetti88 - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    “but LeBron – the NBA’s best player since Michael Jordan”

    I guess we forgot about Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Shaq?

    • dirtydavis - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      That’s what I was saying. Good $hit ese

      • borderline1988 - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        Nope, nobody forgot about those players.

      • money2long - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        kobe has been the best since jordan. lebron has made some separation, only within the last couple seasons.

  2. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    You forgot about Kobe.

    • mydoghasfleez - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      I’d like to.

  3. tannethrill - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    He won’t return until he buys the team in his post playing career and moves them to Akron.

  4. gerryb323 - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Nearly half or just over a third.

    That’s like 6 of one, half dozen of the other, right?

  5. michaeljordanseviltwin - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Learn fractions. 35% is not nearly half.

  6. jgreiner9 - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Learn addition. He added the other 13% who were unsure.

    • gerryb323 - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      By that logic you could just as easily say 2/3 of Cleveland poll responents want LeBron to return.

      You can’t just assign the “unsure” people to the “no” side.

    • frankiebooboo - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Learn equations… Not sure IS NOT EQUAL TO no.

      • jgreiner9 - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        Not sure and not wanting him is not a yes, so it is grouped together. Been in a math class? looked at a pie chart?

  7. clevelandschronic2 - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Dan you are an idiot there are people here who just dont want lebron back. Some people just dont like the fact he humiliated cleveland on national tv and didnt give the cavs-their favorite team the common decency of letting the organization know he was leaving. Instead his buddy sent the cavs a txt msg 5 mins prior to the decision thus leaving the cavs without a chance to go try and sign anyone else cuz it was late in FA. He and all his friends including his mom were treated like kings. Hell gilbert helped hide the fact lebrons mom kicked out a police cruiser window after being caught drunk. Not many people heard about that cuz no charges were ever filled. Point is people have standards and you ever think that the votes say they dont want him back because they dont actually want him back.

    I could care less if he came back. Im not hoping and praying he comes back but if he does thats fine.

    • craighsite - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      Wow Bro! You’re really hurt that he left! He gave Cleveland 7 years (two contracts) and they couldn’t get him any help! He exercised is options. What happens when players are traded and find out about it through ESPN? He did nothing wrong! I can tell you are really upset cause you brought stuff about his Mom and personal life. Get over it! And most of all–he is not coming back so you have nothing to worry about!

      • clevelandschronic2 - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        Did u read my post at all i was speaking about the people who voted they didnt want him back. I didnt vote but wht gave u the impression i was upset u moron. Read the last part of my post again u ignorant dbag.

    • craighsite - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Now you resort to name calling! LMAO! You’re really upset now! I’m pretty well informed so ignorant is not an accurate description of my abilities but I can see that you on the other hand are behaving like a spoiled child. You’re mad so just admit it. Yes I read your post and you are bitter! What standards are you talking about! If you had an opportunity for a better job or situation would you take it? Would you make an announcement to your boss and your co-workers? Probably not! You probably don’t have a job. In any case go back to your miserbale sports life! All hail the “King”! Idiot! ;o)

    • tomtravis76 - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      The NBA is in the business of entertainment. The “decision” was an entertainment moment that was made for TV. There was alot of money that was involved. Lebron and his team could not tell the Cavs he was not returning, as the Cavs ownership would have spoiled the moment, you saw how Gilbert reacted post “decision”. Do you really think he would have kept silent with that kind of information?

      The decision was such a big moment that the NFL is trying to capilatize on it by next season having “signing day” at the start of free agency. ESPN and other media outlets all try to get the HS kids to make a decison on TV by showing the hat of the school they will attend. Its all entertainment for TV.

      It didn’t go the way Cavs fans, Knicks fans, Mavs fans,Bulls fans and Nets fans wanted it to go, they all lost out to Miami. Nobody can say Lebron didn’t make the right decision. The Cavs could have gone out and tried to sign other free agents, they made the decision to hold up their own franchise in hopes of bringing Lebron back, thats just bad business management on their part.

      Lebron won’t return to the Cavs organization anytime soon, maybe as he nears 40. There is something special going on in Miami, all-time great teams talk, he is not leaving that. Lebron knows to be in the talk of best players ever, he has to be on teams like the ones in Miami, that won’t happen in Cleveland, they already tried that.

    • 1948fan4life - Mar 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      “Lebron only exercised his rights.” If everyone just exercised their rights ( for their own self interest) there would be no heroes in history. There would be no Nelson Mandella, Martin Luther Kings or Ghandi who put the best interest of the many above above themselves. That being said shows the insignificance of Lebron.

      • mydoghasfleez - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        Lebron should “put the best interest of the many above above himself”?????

        I’m broke & my family is starving – please “put the best interest of the us above above yourself” by send half your paycheck to me.

        “That being said” (whatever the f….k that means), you logic sucks bigtime.

  8. doctordunkenstein - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    thats a creative headline…it couldve just as easily been “Over half of Cleveland poll respondents want LeBron James signing with Cavaliers”

  9. jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Not ever going to happen. Just stop

  10. ebrownwareagle - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:22 PM


    • HotHotHeat - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      Robery Horry 7xNBA Champion. Does that make him better than Kobe???

      • dirtydavis - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        LBJ should retire, then come back and then retire and come back again but play for sorry A$$ team and then retire, and then he should sell shoes for 4-6 years and buy a basketball team, if he can’t afford it I am sure the NBA commissioner will give him a sick discount

      • namriverrat69 - Mar 23, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        It means he moved from one top contender to another. He didn’t commit to play his whole career for one team like Kobe has. Kobe could have gone to another contender when the Lakers were rebuilding with a good chance of winning more championships. He chose to be a Laker for life and more power to him he has wone 2 more rings and maybe one or two more. Stranger things have happened.

        In his day, Robert Horry was a great team player. By the way, Steve Kerr has 5 rings. Does that make him as good as Kobe?

  11. lakerluver - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    “Best player since Jordan”? I beg to differ. Even Jordan himself doesn’t agree with you. Must physically gifted? I’ll give you that. But he’s not better than Kobe. In their primes Kobe would destroy LeBron.

  12. skinsfanwill - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    If the Cavs wanted him gone, nobody would be complaining if they never notified him. in advance.Players get cut and traded all the time without the player knowing. He has a right to sign wherever he wants when he is a free agent. Screw all those greedy owners. Time to leave that man alone. If the owner would have brought in some talent when he was there then he would have never left.

  13. pantsfreezone - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Nobody wants to return to Cleveland.

  14. dirtydavis - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    The only good thing that came out of Cleveland was/is Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

  15. kb2408 - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    I bet jimmymarlins is like that tool that ran on the court and has a shrine to LeBron in his bedroom. I hope LeBron leaves those bandwagon jumping Miami “fans” and goes back to Cleveland, or somewhere else. That franchise doesn’t deserve Pat Riley or LeBron. Wade, one of the best in the game, had been playing in a half empty arena before the big 2.5 joined forces. As soon as the Heat are not title contenders again watch and see how fast that arena becomes empty.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 22, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Ah yes because I’m the one idolizing a ball hog. Actually I’ve been a heat fan since the beginning and my favorite player in franchise history is Alonzo Mourning. But hey at least you aren’t an idiot

  16. hbdbrowns33 - Mar 22, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    No you’re wrong people do not want him back and the majority would not welcome him back because of how he left. Besides, it will not happen anyway so why is this even being talked about?

  17. thegloriousone - Mar 22, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    This is the most inane poll ever. It’s like asking how many people would like to travel to the moon.

    LeBron is not coming back to Cleveland. He was here because he got drafted, and he felt obligated to sink some time in because of his Akron roots. He didn’t want to be here in the first place, he couldn’t wait to get out. Why anyone thinks he has ambitions in returning is the single greatest sports mystery of the modern era.

    Please talk about something legitimate.

  18. yousuxxors - Mar 23, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    yea no one there wants a lbj irving tandem lol ok

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