Quizzed by the assembled media throng prior to Thursday’s Heat/Cavs tilt, LeBron James was asked if he could ever see himself playing again for his Cleveland hosts (and by extension, former employer/comic sans maven Dan Gilbert). James’ measured response (“I think it would be great…It would be fun to play in front of these fans again. I had a lot fun times in my seven years here. You can’t predict the future, and hopefully I continue to stay healthy. I’m here as a Miami Heat player and I’m happy where I am now, but I don’t rule that out,”) failed to impress the Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Terry Pluto, who asks, “have we really gone from ‘I’m taking my talents to South Beach’ to ‘I left my heart in South Euclid’?”
If he is unhappy in Miami, whose fault is that? Is it because it’s Wade’s team and he’s not the sun that the rest of the Heat revolves around?
No one forced James to leave the Cavs. The mistakes made by owner Dan Gilbert and others were giving James too much power leading to an outrageous sense of entitlement — not a refusal to make him and his family happy.
Perhaps he now prefers to be back in Cleveland, where postseason flops could always be blamed on not having good enough talent and coaching around him. No one says that in Miami. And if he wants to come back . . . let’s talk about it in 2014, when he has the option of being a free agent.
Today, I refuse to play the “What if LeBron wants to come back” game. Because that’s what it is at this point, just a game — and an unfair one to the fans of both the Heat and Cavs.