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Before he took a shower, LeBron James took a second to play with Michael Beasley. "My buddy, my buddy," James sang. "Wherever I go, he goes," Beasley belted back. Bleacher Report
James, who has developed relationships with Irving and Thompson, was polite after the comfortable victory. When asked about Irving struggling, LeBron replied, "I think they're all all struggling, and it trickled down to him as well. He's an unbelievable talent, we all know that, but they're all struggling and trying to find exactly who their identity is offensively and defensively. If they get things in order, they have some really good pieces here and I know Mike is pushing them to get better. We'll see what happens." Bleacher Report
LeBron James was booed loudly when he was introduced before the Miami Heat’s Wednesday game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but not all fans of his former team are on board with the vitriol. Before the game, a group of fans handed out shirts that read “Come Home LeBron” on the front. For The Win
We may see LeBron suit up again for the Cavs eventually, but it will happen closer to the end of his career, possibly after his next contract with the Heat is up and he wants to end his career on a feel-good note. For now, however, there’s nothing in it for him to go back. For The Win
After losing LeBron in the 2003 draft, adidas didn't get Carmelo Anthony either. The company could have had Dwyane Wade for $500,000 a year, but passed. ESPN.com
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Speculation over LeBron James’ future continues to build both inside and outside the NBA. Anderson Varejao fueled the discussion Tuesday when he said he believed James could play for the Cavaliers again someday. “It could happen,” said Varejao, the last remaining link to the James-led Cavs teams. “Bron is from Akron. Akron is not too far from here. Eventually in his career, he probably wants to play at home.” Then unprovoked, the normally quiet Varejao said he didn’t like the way James left the Cavs via the one-hour television special three years ago. “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.” Akron Beacon Journal
Beasley was maddening to manage as a player — from the time he missed a tying layup for a 7-7 record. They finished 25-57 with Beasley fading like his form on long jumpers. “It was a dream,” Beasley said of his year in Phoenix. “Simple as that. It’s over. It’s time to move on with life. I’m glad those guys are doing well. I talked to some of those guys when they landed. No love lost. I still love those guys. We just parted ways.” Arizona Republic
Beasley gravitates to those who are the kinds of stars he was supposed to become. He walks to work at the arena. And, as he did at this time last year, he says all the right things about a gift-wrapped chance. Monday was “just another game.” “If you would’ve asked me that two games ago, I probably would have had some smart-aleck remark,” he said. “I’ve grown a lot since then and I understand the game now. I understand that the picture is way bigger than me.” Arizona Republic
But what happens when James gets to next summer and finds himself a free agent again? He went to Miami to better his chances at a championship—suppose he helps the Heat to a third straight title; does he then turn around and head back north? “I wouldn’t think he would do that,” one Eastern Conference general manager said. “He helped build Miami into a champion, I can’t imagine he plans to play there four years and take off. That might look as bad now as it did in 2010. If you are a star, you have to build an identity. Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar) left Milwaukee, but he stayed in Los Angeles." Sporting News
James is on top of Cleveland’s free-agent list, like everyone else. “I would think they would have to call,” said a Western Conference executive. “I would think he would have to listen. I would say whatever it is, the whole thing is not going to be done publicly like last time, or like Dwight Howard (this summer). I don’t think you will see that. I would be surprised if LeBron would want that. I think he stays in Miami, but he has to listen to what the Cavs have to say. You’re just not going to see anyone parading it around.” Sporting News
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