Jun 12, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts during the third quarter of game four of the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says LeBron James ‘can’t go home again’


When LeBron James decided to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he informed everybody that he was ‘coming home’. But that sentiment didn’t exactly sit well with legendary NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who expressed that James can’t go home again because the home he once knew is no longer there.

When LeBron James left the Cavaliers to sign with the Miami Heat, most were shocked. He was living the dream – being selected by your hometown team and leading them to glory. Of course, James wasn’t able to accomplish the final part of that mission and opted to take his talents to South Beach in effort to do so.

Despite suggesting that he would do it again, there was an underlying sense of disappointment in himself – a lack of maturity. It was almost as if he knew he ruined something that could have been special and is now attempting to right his so called wrong.

But Abdul-Jabbar isn’t buying that, suggesting that his return to the Cavaliers is like attempting to win back the trust of a betrayed spouse.

But in another way, LeBron can’t go home again. At least not to the home he once knew. They may be grateful and joyful, but they are also wiser. Like the betrayed spouse, they will have to wait and see, they will have to be wooed, they will have to be convinced that his sincerity, to quote Porgy and Bess, ain’t a sometime thing.

The piece written by Abdur-Jabbar and published by Time is an intriguing read and delves into a situation that he himself dealt with as he desired to play for the New York Knicks.

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  • Grady Devan Tripp II

    Interesting read, although I disagree with much of the premise. I’m not an LBJ fan but I absolutely commend his decision. He’s not going back for basketball reasons. He’s going back for his community and to send a message to current and future generations. Even though I’m a fan of Kareem’s work on the court,  his article smells of jealousy. To compare his contemplation of returning to New York with LBJ returning home is either short sighted or he’s senile. Kareem was a great basketball player. But he wasn’t half as transcendent as LBJ is on culture, society, the economics of basketball, the shift of power to players, and…LBJ is a greater player. LBJ recognizes that he has a higher calling. And even in the face of more pressure than any player has had to endure, criticism from anyone with an opinion, and benefiting the same owner who berated him – he still accepts his calling. And for that, I absolutely commend him.