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LeBron James in GQ: Cleveland return always possible despite Dan Gilbert

lebron2.jpgLeBron James says he can take the heat as well as the Heat. That's a good thing, given "The Summer of LeBron" issue of GQ.

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who was fined for remarks he made when James decided to take his "talents to South Beach," catches the worst of it from the guy labeled LeCon for his ESPN special "The Decision," the guy who said he was keeping a list of his detractors this summer.

"I don't think he ever cared about LeBron. My mother always told me: 'You will see the light of people when they hit adversity. You'll get a good sense of their character' Me and my family have seen the character of that man."

Still, James tells writer J.R. Moehringer he could envision playing for the Cavs again. Really.

"If there was an opportunity for me to return and those fans welcome me back, that'd be a great story."

Even the ones, Moehringer asks, who are burning his jerseys?

"Maybe the ones burning my jersey," he says, "were never LeBron fans anyway."

Growing up in Akron, Ohio, he wasn't a big fan of Cleveland or Clevelanders. You can understand these regional rivalry things:

"It's not far, but it is far. And Clevelanders, because they were the bigger-city kids when we were growing up, looked down on us...So we didn't actually like Cleveland. We hated Cleveland growing up. There's a lot of people in Cleveland we still hate to this day."

LeBron denies that LeBron's girlfriend is unhappy about LeBron's move to South Beach Miami:

"They're happy to see me happy. That's what they can see in my face. They say: 'It's been a while since we've seen you look like that."

As for Charles Barkley, who called "The Decision" announcement a "punk move," took issue with the way the signing went down and with introductory dance featuring Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron:

"Charles was probably trying to be funny. It wasn't funny to me."

After the PR hit and the headlines that caused the summer of LeBron to be something less than the summer of love, James was asked what he'd do differently. "Nothing at all."

By Cindy Boren  |  August 17, 2010; 10:42 AM ET
Categories:  LeBron James , NBA  
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