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Sportsmen who Went Back to their Original Team

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  • Steve Nash- In basketball, Canada's own Steve Nash played two relatively quiet seasons with the Phoenix Suns when the club drafted him in 1996. Nash would then go on to make a name for himself with the Dallas Mavericks from 1998 to 2004. He made his return to Phoenix as a 30-year-old and would go on to win the Most Valuable Player award in 2005 and 2006.

    Steve Nash- In basketball, Canada's own Steve Nash played two relatively quiet seasons with the Phoenix Suns when the club drafted him in 1996. Nash would then go on to make a name for himself with the Dallas Mavericks from 1998 to 2004. He made his return to Phoenix as a 30-year-old and would go on to win the Most Valuable Player award in 2005 and 2006.

  • Jason Kidd- He started his career in Mavs before spending time with the Suns and Nets, leading the latter to the NBA Finals. Kidd found himself back in Dallas in 2008 and just three seasons later, helped them defeat the LeBron-led Heat for their first championship in franchise history.

    Jason Kidd- He started his career in Mavs before spending time with the Suns and Nets, leading the latter to the NBA Finals. Kidd found himself back in Dallas in 2008 and just three seasons later, helped them defeat the LeBron-led Heat for their first championship in franchise history.

  • Allen Iverson- He played for a decade with the Philadelphia 76ers before being traded to Denver Nuggets in 2006. Iverson returned to the Phikadelphia in 2009, playing only 25 games for a bad 76ers team. He was understandably a shadow of his former self, but the fans loved the short reunion even though it didn't bring any success.

    Allen Iverson- He played for a decade with the Philadelphia 76ers before being traded to Denver Nuggets in 2006. Iverson returned to the Phikadelphia in 2009, playing only 25 games for a bad 76ers team. He was understandably a shadow of his former self, but the fans loved the short reunion even though it didn't bring any success.

  • Michael Jordan- In his first stint with the Chicago Bulls, they won three consecutive NBA titles. But after the three-peat, Jordan inexplicably

    Michael Jordan- In his first stint with the Chicago Bulls, they won three consecutive NBA titles. But after the three-peat, Jordan inexplicably "retired" from basketball and went on a quixotic quest for a professional baseball career. He had a rather forgettable outing with Birmingham Barons and Scottie Pippen led Chicago wasn't doing too well either. In 1995, Jordan made his dramatic return to the NBA, wearing No. 45, his number with the Barons. He led the Bulls to their second three-peat from 1996-1998.

  • Kenny Dalglish-  Dalglish  was a player come manager for Liverpool between 1985-91 and tasted success early. He then moved to Blackburn Rovers and won the Premiership in 1994-95 in the last game of the season. In 1997, he signed as the manager of Newcastle United and in 1999 moved north of the border to Celtic.   In 2011, he was tempted back to the club by the sound of the Kop singing his name while Roy Hodgson (then Liverpool manager) stood helplessly by the dugout.

    Kenny Dalglish- Dalglish was a player come manager for Liverpool between 1985-91 and tasted success early. He then moved to Blackburn Rovers and won the Premiership in 1994-95 in the last game of the season. In 1997, he signed as the manager of Newcastle United and in 1999 moved north of the border to Celtic. In 2011, he was tempted back to the club by the sound of the Kop singing his name while Roy Hodgson (then Liverpool manager) stood helplessly by the dugout.

  • Harry Redknapp-  In his first stint with Portsmouth (2002-04), he won the Division One title and kept the club in the Premier League. Then after an argument with the owner he left the club to join  local rivals Southampton. Southampton's poor performance in the 2005-06 Championship meant Harry resigned and return to Portsmouth where he won the FA Cup in 2008.

    Harry Redknapp- In his first stint with Portsmouth (2002-04), he won the Division One title and kept the club in the Premier League. Then after an argument with the owner he left the club to join local rivals Southampton. Southampton's poor performance in the 2005-06 Championship meant Harry resigned and return to Portsmouth where he won the FA Cup in 2008.


King James is going back to Cleveland. But he is not the first sportsperson to go back to his original team. Here are some other stars who went back for sentimental reasons or otherwise.