MIAMI _ The speculation last season was LeBron James would return to Cleveland in 2014. He even added to it by not ruling out the possibility.
But James wasn't adding anything Thursday to the latest story about where he could end up if he opts out of his contract in the summer of 2014. ESPN.com quoted unnamed NBA executives as believing the Lakers are gearing up for a run at James if Kobe Bryant has retired by then.
There was a reason why James, who bolted the Cavaliers in 2010 for Miami, said nice things about Cleveland when he visited there last February. James, from nearby Akron, Ohio, wants to be liked again in a city that now hates him.
As for the latest story, it's no surprise the Lakers would go after James if a Bryant retirement gives them cap room in 2014 and the King is again a free agent. The Lakers always go after the best players, and they often land them.
But the story offered nothing from any sources that James has even an iota of interest in the Lakers. And it's ...