The Cleveland Cavaliers faced off against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night and the game was one to watch.
People were hyped about the match for a number of reasons: the Cavs have been playing well (despite a recent loss to the Knicks), Jarrett Allen was coming back, and, of course, LeBron James was going to be in town.
Sure, James is no longer playing for the Cavs but he attracts tons of attention any time he comes to town.
The Cavs welcomed LeBron James back to Cleveland with a video tribute and standing ovation during a timeout 👏
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Sure enough, the team celebrated James upon his return on Tuesday, playing a tribute video to him as the fans gave him a standing ovation, as they usually do.
Times have changed and James is now on the west coast but he will always be held in high regard in Cleveland for all he’s done for the city.
Once the video was over, the fans got to work cheering on their team, who soundly defeated the Lakers.
Back In Town
James will always be considered a hero by people in Cleveland.
It wasn’t always that way, of course: after he left the Cavs to join the Miami Heat, fans in Ohio were furious with him and were burning his jersey and booing him every chance they could get.
But when James came back a few years later and won the team their first championship ring, everything was made better.
James’ performance in the 2016 NBA Finals will always be remembered as a historic NBA moment and it showed just how hard James would work and play for the city.
So even though he has moved to California (and won another ring) people will still commend him and celebrate him in Ohio for years to come.