December 13, 2013
Barkley says James should return to Cavs, rips Heat fans
So what does Charles Barkley think about LeBron's upcoming free agent decision? The TNT analyst thinks he should return to Cleveland, because he thinks Heat fans stink.
Barkley was asked about LeBron's future during an interview with Rachel Nichols that aired Friday on CNN, including why James ever would leave a championship-winning situation.
Barkley: "It's interesting. People always ask me about the championship ring. And I never think like they think. You know, basketball's what I do, it's not who I am. I thought LeBron shoulda stayed in Cleveland. Just 'cause he got them rings now, he ain't no better. Think about the notion that, just because I didn't win a sportin' event, my life is not successful. That's gotta be the stupidest thing I ever heard."
Nichols: "At the end of the year, he has the option to opt out in Miami. You want him back in Cleveland?"
Barkley: "I think it'd be great for him to go back to Cleveland. Number one, I don't think they are great fans in Miami. I thought they were great fans in Cleveland."
Nichols: "People in Miami already don't like you; you're gonna dig a deeper hole with this interview."
Barkley: "I'm not digging a deeper -- they're not the -- listen, those were the same fans who were leaving when they thought they had lost to the Spurs. So let's don't act like they're super fans."
A video of the interview can be found here.
November 27, 2013
Varejao could see James back with Cavs
For now, LeBron James is coming back, although not to stay beyond hosting the Heat for Thanksgiving at his estate near Akron.
But at least one former Cavaliers teammate, the only former teammate remaining with the team since LeBron played in Cleveland, still could envision a reunion.
Asked in advance of Wednesday's Heat-Cavaliers game at Quicken Loans Arena about James' future free-agency plans, center Anderson Varejao said not to discount LeBron-Cavs II.
"It could happen," Varejao said Tuesday. "Bron is from Akron. Akron is not too far from here. Eventually in his career, he probably wants to play at home."
Yes, even with the bitterness in Northeast Ohio that followed James' July 2010 free-agency defection to the Heat.
"I think the way he left was wrong," Varejao said. “But regardless . . . he helped me a lot, helped my game and helped me as a person. I have nothing against him. It could happen."