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."

All three Cleveland-area newspapers ran with Varejao's comments in advance of Wednesday's game, including Cleveland Plain Dealer, Akron's Beacon Journal and the regional News Herald.

November 24, 2013

'Come Home LeBron' rally planned in Cleveland

A "Come Home LeBron" rally is being planned for the Heat's Wednesday visit to Cleveland.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that as part of a fan effort to get James to sign with the Cavaliers in free-agency, a group of fans will pass out 2,000 T-shirts outside Quicken Loans Arena before the Heat play there Wednesday. As part of the effort, those who take a picture wearing the shirt and tweet @ComeHomeLebron will be eligible to win 2014-15 Cavaliers season tickets.

Also, a "Come Home LeBron" billboard will go up near James' alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, for four or eight weeks. Another is scheduled for Interstate 71.

When the Heat return in March, the plan is to distribute 10,000 T-shirts. Some, according to the newspaper, will be passed out by the fan  group Dec. 14 at the opening of the renovated St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, which is funded by a $1 million donation from James.

The details of the effort can be found here.

November 18, 2013

MLS tie-in would strengthen Miami roots

First, it's not as if being part owner of a soccer team mandates a fulltime presence alongside.

LeBron James, after all, has a part interest in EPL team Liverpool but still lives on this side of the pond.

But if reports of James' interest in a Miami collaboration on a Major League Soccer team with David Beckham pan out, that's one more South Florida bond for LeBron.