NBA: Should Cleveland Cavaliers Retire LeBron's Number? James Says Yes

Greg SwartzCleveland Cavaliers Lead WriterNovember 30, 2010

MEMPHIS, TN - NOVEMBER 20:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat prepares to take the floor for a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum on November 20, 2010 in Memphis, Tennessee.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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While looking ahead to their match-up against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, it's only natural for the media to begin hounding LeBron James with questions about his former team.

Now to go along with this hounding, there are bound to be plenty of dumb and even obnoxious questions asked by reporters, possibly trying to push whatever buttons they can to ignite a Derek Anderson-esqu outburst.

Chalk the following question under "just plain dumb".

On Tuesday, James was asked whether he'd like to see the Cavaliers retire his No. 23 jersey some day.

"Wow. Of course," James said. "If that's something that organization and franchise would do, I'm all respectful of that. I just tried to be the best player I could be every night, whether I was in that Cavalier uniform, that USA uniform. If that results in me having my jersey retired that would be great."

The best player you could be every night?  Did you forget about game five?

But let's be fair.  He is the franchise scoring leader in just the seven seasons he spent there.  He resurrected a dead franchise who had previously traded for Darius Miles in hopes that he would do the same, which only resulted in a 17 win season.  The value of the Cavaliers rose by hundreds of millions of dollars, so maybe they should retire his number after all.

Maybe you're right after all, LeBron.

"It's going to be very emotional. I give a lot of thanks to that city, a lot of thanks to those fans for giving me the opportunity to not only showcase my talent, but to grow from a young boy to a man during my seven years. So it's going to be very emotionally draining. I can tell already."

Wait a minute.  Thanks for an opportunity to "showcase my talent"?

You really haven't learned anything have you?  After an entire summer of media bashing and Q-list rating plummeting Nike tries its best to make us feel sorry for you, the poor victim of what must have been a terrible media mishap.

And you come back with that?

Cleveland retire your jersey? 

That's about as likely as you taking the blame for a Heat loss.