CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Cavaliers are planning to honor LeBron James with a special video tribute during Wednesday night’s game — his first return to Quicken Loans Arena since joining the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency this summer — sources told cleveland.com
The video, which is a way for the organization to say thank you for 11 great seasons, is slated to run early.
In his most recent stint with the Cavaliers, James guided the team to four straight NBA Finals trips, including one memorable championship in 2016.
That title and ensuing parade, combined with his place in franchise history, should lead to a much different environment at The Q for this return.
The Cavs are certainly doing their part to make it a celebratory comeback as opposed to the vitriolic one James received in 2010 as a member of the Miami Heat when feelings were still raw.
That night, James heard organized heckles from the angry sellout crowd. He had batteries thrown in his direction. He has said numerous times it was the most hostile and dangerous environment he’s been in during his 16 years in the NBA.