HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — NBA players remind me of political candidates during election season. They go from city to city, facing a media throng eager to pepper them with questions that usually result in answers that barely raise an eyebrow they’ve been given so many times.
Every now and then, though, you get something totally bizarre. And that’s exactly what the reporters covering the Miami Heat practice in Cleveland today got when they assembled to interview LeBron James after practice.
You have to wonder how these comments (courtesy of the Twitter feeds of both Tom Reed and Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Plain Dealer and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com) will go over with the faithful in both Cleveland and Miami? …
He’s happy in Miami, but: “I think it would be great, it would be fun to play in front of these fans again.”
On one day coming back to Cleveland: “You can’t predict future…If I decide to come back hopefully the fans will accept me.”
About Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert: “He said what he said out of anger. He probably would want to take that back but I made a mistake too.”
Again, the context in which these comments were made needs to be restated. James and the Heat are in Northeast Ohio and will have been for three days before Friday night’s game against the Cavaliers.
So if there is a little nostalgia floating in the air, we understand.
But talking like this so soon into his tenure in Miami, and so soon after the messy divorce he went through with the Cavs’ faithful, is bound to strike a chord with some folks!
The bigger surprise is that James has actually entertained the idea of returning to his roots someday during his playing career. That alone is reason for pause … anyway, back to Linsanity!