LeBron James isn’t expecting the same reception as the last time he returned to Cleveland and the Cleveland Cavaliers are doing their part to make sure the tone is much different the second time around.
According to Cleveland.com, the team is planning to honor James with a video thanking him for his 11 seasons in Cavaliers uniform early in Wednesday’s game between the Lakers play the Cavs.
Personally, I think the video should include an apology from JR Smith for his boneheaded play in Game one of the NBA Finals, but there is no mention of that in this story.
Folks who were at LeBron’s Cleveland homecoming in 2010 tell a tale of the most vitriolic and intense environment they’ve ever experienced. It’s safe to say it won’t be like that this time. And even if there is some animosity, James says it won’t affect him like it did then.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s negative, because the only thing that matters is what I gave to the city, what I gave to that community, what I’m still giving to that community,” James says. “It doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, they have one obligation and that’s to cheer for their team. And I’m not on the team.
“And personally I’m in a whole different space than I was in 2010, so sh*t doesn’t bother me.”
Good for you, LeBron.
Maybe the whole city should buy you an easy chair because your back has to be killing you from carrying that team for over a decade.
Source: USA Today