It got as much hype as any preseason game in years — LeBron James and his Cavaliers take on his old team the Miami Heat down in Brazil.
The Heat players are mostly just glad that’s over.
For a couple days before there were some verbal jabs. When the game tipped off LeBron was booed some early by the pro-Heat Brazilian crowd, but Cavaliers went on to win the meaningless preseason game in overtime (the Heat scrubs came back from 10 down in the fourth quarter on the Cavs scrubs to force OT). When it was done both Chris Bosh and Erik Spoelstra told Brian Windhorst of ESPN they were happy its as all over.
“I like the fact we could get everything out of the way,” said Bosh, who had 19 points in the game. “Just let everybody see it, so we can move on. As far as seeing LeBron on another team, we’re pretty much over that now.”
“There was a certain level of strangeness to it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I think it benefits both teams to get the awkwardness out of the way in the preseason.”
You’d like to think this is in your past Heat players, but it’s not.
Most sports fans are not paying a lot of attention to the NBA right now. They will be on Christmas Day — and that is the next time you face LeBron and the Cavaliers. They come to Miami just a few hours after Santa.
That is when all this is going to be dredged up again, all the questions will be asked by the media again, the Miami fans will be fired up again. You’ll say “we’ve moved past this” for a week beforehand, it will not slow the train.
After Christmas, then it will mostly be over.