Will The CAV's Retire Lebron James Jersey?
Regardless of the drama that unfolded during the parting of LeBron James from his hometown team Cleveland Cavaliers almost four years ago, the reigning MVP remains optimistic that in time all things will be forgiven. James also hopes to see his jersey being raised to the rafters in Cleveland someday, next to old buddy Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ uniform. The 7’3″ center recently held his retirement ceremony and was witnessed by current and former Cavaliers, including James. Getty Images 3 The 6’8″ forward remains as the Cavaliers all-time leading scorer with 15,251 points accumulated during his 7-year stint with the franchise from 2003 to 2010. However, the 29-year-old James is not thinking at the moment about a return to Cleveland once he becomes a free agent during the off-season. Instead, he prefers to concentrate on the task at hand which is to carry the Miami Heat into the post-season and defend the franchise’s NBA title. Per the Akron Beacon Journal: James, of course, returned to Quicken Loans Arena recently for Ilgauskas’ ceremony. “It’s not for me to really be concerned about or to even think about,” James said. “It’s something we all as professional athletes dream about is to be able to have your jersey retired in any building with any franchise you played for. That means you were able to be successful both on and off the floor. So we’ll see.” James remains the Cavs’ all-time scoring leader and provided the franchise with its best seasons in team history, but his exit strategy four years ago has left open the question when — or if — the team will one day retire his jersey. As for his intentions this summer, James was asked directly if he wants to play for the Cavs again. “For right now, it’s too hard for me to think about,” he said. “There’s 20 or less games until we gear up for no-sleep two months, hopefully. For me to try to take my mind somewhere else when I know what’s on the way is almost impossible.”