After leaving to join the Lakers, LeBron James returned “home” to Cleveland to face his former team. Unlike his return following his departue for Miami, things were much more cordial this time around. I guess bringing home a title does a lot to earn you good will.
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LeBron wears ‘SVSM’ Nike LeBron 7s
Lakers superstar LeBron James wore an appropriate pair of sneakers for his “homecoming’ against the Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
James returned to Quicken Loans Arena for the first time since Game 4 of the NBA Finals, where he received standing ovations from Cavs fans during multiple instances.
He wore a pair of sneakers that essentially threw it back to his high school days. James wore an “SVSM”-themed pair of LeBron 7s, showing some love for St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (Akron, Ohio) which he attended.
Props to James for showing some love to his former high school on his big night.
Cavaliers Played a Tribute Video for James
The Cavaliers wasted no time in thanking LeBron James for all he’s done for the franchise during Wednesday’s game.
James returned to Quicken Loans Arena for the first time since Game 4 of the NBA Finals, after having signed with the Lakers in free agency. Fans gave him a huge ovation before the game began, and the team ran a tribute video during a stoppage of play in the first quarter, as a way of thanking James for everything he accomplished in his two tenures with the team.
“Thank you for what you did on the court … but we all know … it’s bigger than basketball” was the message shown on the video board.
James waved to the fans after the video was shown, and he appeared to appreciate the display of good faith.
Cleveland Fans Shower LeBron with Cheers
LeBron James stepped on the court at Quicken Loans Arena for the first time since joining the Lakers on Wednesday night, and he received a huge ovation from Cavaliers fans.
It was quite a different reaction than the one he drew back in 2010, when he returned to Cleveland for the first time after having taken his talents to South Beach, as a member of the Heat. James was booed mercilessly before that game when his name was announced during player introductions, but times have changed. LeBron delivered on his promise of bringing a title to Cleveland, and he’s also given back to the community.
As such, James was showered with cheers by fans when he stepped onto the court for the first time during warmups on Wednesday. He came out by himself, roughly seven minutes after his teammates, and Cavs fans — many of them standing — wasted no time in welcoming him back with a huge ovation as he joined the Lakers in the warm-up line.
A lot of cheers for LeBron James as he steps on the court for warmups in Cleveland pic.twitter.com/StWDrWVpM6
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) November 22, 2018
loud ovation for The Return of the King pic.twitter.com/Qjo0SLLxDI
— Mike Goldfarb (@MikeGoldFool) November 22, 2018
James also acknowledged the fans by waving to them.
From Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland. It’s game no. 16, but this ones special. LeBron’s back. Hi again everybody pic.twitter.com/0NY6urr7aU
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) November 22, 2018
Not only that, James also heard plenty of cheers when his name was called during pregame introductions.
good job, cleveland pic.twitter.com/feoUy4wvtk
— Jordan Zirm (@clevezirm) November 22, 2018
It’s great to see James was welcomed back in his return to Cleveland, after having delivered on his promise of winning a title.