The last time LeBron James played in Cleveland, I wrote:
LeBron looked beat.
By the Warriors, by the burden he carried leading an underwhelming supporting cast to the NBA Finals, by the weight of his second Cleveland tenure possibly ending.
He’ll probably return replenished – by the California sun, by losing the stress of carrying the Cavaliers, by joining a Lakers team that hasn’t gone stale.
When will that happen? Though Lakers at Cavs didn’t make the NBA’s announced list of key games, word has still emerged.
Dave McMenamin of ESPN:
This will be one of the most anticipated games on the schedule, and all eyes will be on Cleveland fans. They won’t boo and shout obscenities at LeBron like when he first returned with the Heat, but I’m not sure he’ll get a full standing ovation, either. Many Cavaliers fans seemingly made peace with LeBron leaving again long before it happened. A championship goes a long way. But LeBron departing still stings.
I expect a mixed reception, with the cheers far outweighing the boos – but I’m far from certain. This will be a date to circle to find out.