Mar 19, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta speaks during a news conference at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James: Ohio State coach Thad Matta talks the King returning to Cleveland

It’s always been fun to think about what would have happened back in the early 2000s had the NBA had the current rule in place that makes players perform at least one season at the collegiate level. If that were the case, then for at least one season, LeBron James would have played some basketball for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Still, even though he never did end up coming to Columbus, LeBron has remained loyal to the Buckeyes and their athletic teams, and head basketball coach Thad Matta recently weighed in with his opinion on the matter.

“LeBron is a very loyal guy,” basketball coach Thad Matta told cleveland.com Friday just before leaving Las Vegas, where Matta had been and where James had been holding a summer league camp for college and high school players. “In his comments (in his SI.com article on his return), it’s amazing what Ohio means to him.

“For me, it’s one of the greatest things for the state of Ohio, because you have the greatest basketball player in the world in our state. And that helps young kids and that helps middle school kids and that helps high school kids that now want to be great players. And all the people in Ohio that are going to get to watch him play more now, it’s a great thing for basketball here.”

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