Cleveland Awaits Return Of LeBron
The Cleveland Cavaliers got kicked in the teeth over the summer when their native son, LeBron James, announced on national television that he would not be staying in Cleveland, but rather “taking his talents to South Beach.” As you might have guessed, every red-blooded Clevelander has had December 2nd marked on their calendar since the NBA released the 2010-11 basketball schedule.
LeBron James Returns to Cleveland on December 2, 2010
Maybe only one game (or two) so far this season have brought with it an enormous Superbowl-type hype with it. The opening tip between Boston and Miami felt like a Game 7. The first Orlando v. Miami game also had something special, until the blowout of the second half. These games were hyped because everyone wanted to see how Miami measured up against the NBA heavyweights.
But LeBron’s return to Cleveland on December 2nd is more than anticipation, it will be an electric night of mixed emotions and (for some) pure hatred and the Cav fans try to come to grips watching LeBron play at the Q in another uniform. Unfortunately for Cleveland, they are unable to put a better than mediocre team on the court. If this game was played at a neutral site, Miami would win by 15.
The magic and intrigue of this game, though, is that it is being played at Quicken Loans Arena where LeBron rewrote basically every record in the Cavs history.
The Cavs Will Be Ready for LeBron James
Despite having only a mediocre squad, and one that was crippled by front-office moves to help LeBron win a championship in Cleveland, you can bet the current Cavaliers team will be frothing at the mouth to win this game. Dan Gilbert might as well offer a bounty for anyone that posterizes LeBron or somehow pulls out this victory.
The recent play of the Cavs, most notably a healthy Mo Williams and Antawn Jamison, suggest that they may be in the game for awhile. It would help if they had a better low post presence as Anderson Varejao is more of an energy guy than big man threat.
Regardless of where you stand on the LeBron James Decision, you should be standing in front of your favorite TV for tip-off between Miami and Cleveland on December 2nd. There is only one first homecoming. For LeBron James and Cleveland, it is just around the corner.
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