LeBron James: Why King James' Pro-Cleveland Comments Mean Nothing

Kelly Scaletta@@KellyScalettaFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2012

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Yesterday LeBron James opened up the idea that he would be willing to consider a return to Cleveland. Immediately, as with everything LeBron related, this became a huge deal. 

This means nothing. I don't mean it means nothing in a sense that it doesn't mean he's going back to Cleveland. It's that, but it means even less than that. 

People wanting to make this about him going back to Cleveland need to take a step back. His most recent statement, "Fans of MIA shouldn't be worried about anything at this point," is just as innocuous as the initial statement. At what point should they be concerned?

This is getting to the point of being comical. LeBron is in a hard place. He's basically a nice guy. He wants to make everyone happy and be liked by everyone. Now, some people make that a criticism. I don't. I have zero problem with that. I like being liked too! 

If you look at the way that James is answering questions now it's the same as he was three years ago—open ended. His statements in regards to Cleveland are completely non-committal. 

"I think it would be great, it would be fun to play in front of these fans again," James said of playing in Ohio again. "I had a lot of fun times here. You can't predict the future. Hopefully, you continue to stay healthy. I'm here as a Miami player and I'm happy where I am now, but I don't rule that out in any sense. If I decide to come back, hopefully the fans will accept me."

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I don't rule that out in any sense? If I decide to come back? These are hardly drawn in the line stances any more than, "at this point..." 

The reason these comments mean nothing is they actually say nothing except that he is trying to give everyone an answer that has the semblance of what they want to hear without saying anything dishonest. 

I mean this is a guy that had two kids with his high school sweetheart and was with her for a decade before even getting engaged.  LeBron James first two words of commitment will be "I do" if and when he actually ties the knot. Let's just hope he doesn't say "for now" after that.