Return of the King?

The idea that LeBron James could one day return to the Cleveland Cavaliers is so intriguing that it returns to the headlines every now and then.

This was just such a week.

It started with former Cavs coach George Karl saying he thinks it’s possible that LeBron could rejoin the wine and gold in 2014. He cites LeBron’s amiable relationship with Kyrie Irving, and the story also references that James keeps in touch with Cleveland’s Daniel Gibson.

Then Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal wrote:

Executives and agents around the league are convinced the Cavaliers won’t do anything to jeopardize their ability to sign a free agent to a max contract during the summer of 2014, when LeBron James can again become a free agent. As fans in Northeast Ohio continue to howl and remain divided about the possibility of his return, more and more people around the league believe there is a strong possibility James will indeed return to Cleveland after next season.

Finally, two men who knew LeBron from his high school days weighed in. Former Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary coaches Keith Dambrot and Dru Joyce both told Fox Sports they wouldn’t rule out James coming back.

They feel he’s more mature than when he left in 2010 and believe that he has a special place in his heart for his hometown. (He loves it at least enough to still spend summers there, the article notes.)

One may cringe at Dambrot’s wording, however. “I think whatever is in his mind at the time will drive the decision,” he said.

Intentional or not, any mention of “the decision” harkens back to the bloated, media saturated, self-aggrandizing announcement of James’ departure.

Just what Cleveland fans need to hear. Coming in 2014: The Decision…Part II.

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