LeBron and Kyrie Irving starring on the Cleveland Cavaliers in October 2014. How does that sound?
As the world knows, LeBron could opt-out of his Heat deal after next season.
Forget his ugly exit from Cleveland two summers ago. Jim Gray, the Decision, fans burning his jersey, the doofus owner penning that silly letter – that’s ancient history. (Well, except for the clowns who still try to get LeBron-related license plates.)
LeBron has silenced his critics – two trips to the Finals, one ring, Olympics Gold – and there’s no question he’s starting to look like one of the best players the league has ever seen.
But Russell never left Boston. Magic never left the Lakers. Larry only played for the Celtics. Jordan played for the Wizards very late in his career, but nobody remembers those years.
How LeBron suiting up for the Cavs, then Heat, then Cavs again? The Miami media won’t let this idea go, especially with LeBron in Cleveland this weekend:
James himself opened the door to this topic one year ago while back in Cleveland for a game, when asked about possibly returning to the Cavaliers some day. He said, “I think it would be great. It would be fun to play in front of these fans again. I don’t know what the future holds, but I don’t want to take that [option] out.”
A day later he offered an addendum, the last three words of which had to imbed themselves under Heat fans’ skin like a painful sliver: “The fans of Miami shouldn’t be worried about anything at this point.”
Also in the past year, Cleveland drafted point guard Kyrie Irving, a superstar in the making, and James during the recent All-Star Weekend in Houston gushed about Irving in a way that only reintroduced the return-to-Cleveland speculation.“It was awesome to play with Kyrie,” James said. “He’s going to be unbelievable.”
With the Lakers intent on backing up the brinks for Dwight Howard, and no other Top 5 star potentially on the move this year or next – I’m excluding Gasol and CP3 and for now, Kevin Love – this will be the NBA’s biggest story over the next 16 months. Everybody loves LeBron!