LeBron James Returns to Cleveland

LeBron James is returning to the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland tonight for the first time since he signed with the Miami Heat. The Heat vs Cavalier game will begin at 8:00 p.m. EST and everyone is expecting is serious amount of LeBron James hating to occur.

Miami Heat forward LeBron James drives to the net against the Boston Celtics in the second half of the opening night game at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on October 26, 2010.  UPI/Matthew Healey Photo via Newscom

In the hours leading to the tip off, everyone is giving their opinion about what they expect to see tonight. Even President Barack Obama added to the drama by saying, “It’s going to be brutal.”

There has been much anticipation leading up to this night, and there is no doubt that anti-LeBron t-shirts and loud booing will be present in the arena tonight.

Even staff of some of the local sports bars will be sporting LeBron-hating gear. In fact, Harry Buffalo, a restaurant near the arena, is banning LeBron James jerseys tonight for the safety of their customers.

“It’s almost like your ex-girlfriend coming to your wedding,” Mo Williams, a Cleveland Cavalier and LeBron James ex-teammate, said regarding LeBron’s return to Cleveland tonight.

When LeBron James asked if he was ready for what the Cleveland fans will unleash, he replied, “Yes sir. I will be. I will be.”

Mo Williams said he appreciates the passion of the fans, but hopes they don’t get carried away at the game tonight.

“They’ll be extra hostile, and I understand that, but I think we should keep it safe,” Williams said. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. I think we should try to let those words hurt a little bit, but try to keep the sticks and stones away.”

When asked how he will react when he sees LeBron on the floor tonight, Williams said he wasn’t sure, but he’ll probably give him a hug “out of respect for the game.”

After the game, they will once again go their separate ways.

“We’ll give our nods and our little salutes and go to the locker room we’re comfortable with,” he said. “He’ll go to the visitors locker room and hopefully the showers are a little bit cold. We’re going to take a warm shower and go home to our beds.”

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