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Colin Cowherd believes Cleveland should shut its door on LeBron James’ return “How many times do you want to get burned Ohio?”

Colin Cowherd explains why another LeBron James return home isn't in Cleveland's best interest
Colin Cowherd doesn't think the Cavaliers should embrace LeBron James if he wants to return

Colin Cowherd doesn't think the Cavaliers should embrace LeBron James if he wants to return

The alleged friction between LeBron James and the Lakers front office, specifically Rob Pelinka, resulted in some fans questioning if there’s a possibility that The King comes back to the team that drafted him for a chance to play with his son, Bronny. However, as far as Colin Cowherd is concerned, Cleveland should shut its doors on James’ potential return.

How many times do you want to get burned, Ohio?

Bronny will be eligible to play in the NBA in two years. By then, LeBron will be nearing his 40th birthday. But despite his age, James has already stated that wants to play with his son and become the first father-son tandem in the NBA. It's obvious LeBron will align his contracts with Bronny's potential arrival to the NBA, and some started to daydream it would happen in Cleveland.

The Cavs have emerged as a rising force in the East this year. No one expected them to be this good, especially after losing starting guard Collin Sexton to injury. But roster changes worked in their favor, and the team has been energized by youngsters Darius Garland and Evan Mobley. 

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The Cavaliers are set to become a force in the East in the years to come. Should they break the team’s core to get back LeBron plus Bronny? According to Colin Cowherd, that seems like a foolish idea.

“If I ran Cleveland I'm not trading for LeBron in the next two years. LeBron twice has bailed on Cleveland for glamorous Miami and glamorous Los Angeles. How many times do you want to get burned Ohio? When LeBron says ‘I'm not shutting the door to Cleveland,’ who says it's open?”

Colin Cowherd, The Herd

Why it wouldn't be wise to trade for LeBron

By the time Bronny James makes it to the NBA, LeBron will lose a bit more of his athleticism - the injuries have started to show even on a tremendous athlete like James. Can anyone imagine what kind of a player he would be like at 39 or 40 years old? Sure, he still could direct traffic on offense, but James will probably be more of a liability than an asset at that stage of his career.

Getting him for nostalgic reasons or marketing purposes would make sense. If they want to make a docuseries about James and Bronny or how it would be a second homecoming for the Akron native, that’s cool. But Cleveland is structured and well-positioned to succeed today, and sacrificing the team for minimal returns would be a disaster in the future.

Can James play for peanuts to make history with his son? That’s also a possibility. Maybe other rebuilding teams could make it happen, but the Cleveland Cavaliers fans shouldn't entertain another LeBron James reunion, even though he brought a title to the city. Enough is enough.

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