CLEVELAND – LeBron James was welcomed back to Quicken Loans Arena for the first time as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers with a cordial ovation from Cleveland fans on Wednesday.
Cleveland Cavalier’s public address announcer Sean Peebles saved James & # 39; last name when introducing the starting line-up for visiting Lakers, using a voice bend that is usually reserved for the home team. The audience responded by standing and showering James with an ovation lasting almost a minute.
James hugged former teammates Channing Frye and Larry Nance Jr on the sidelines before going to the middle where he broke out his own handshake with Tristan Thompson.  James did on Laker’s first possession, evoking bowl from the crowd when he took the ball, and then a blow of boos after his score put the Lakers up 2-0 to start things.
It was far from the scene on December 2, 2010, when James returned for the first time as a member of Miami Heat and Cavs had to hire extra security to be in charge of the intense atmosphere. Of course, when James returned in 2010, there was also no Cavs championship banner hanging from the bar.
During the first quarter of the first quarter, Cavs showed a tribute video to James on the video card that included the message “Thank you for what you did in court, but we all know it’s bigger than basketball.”
James spent Wednesday mornings at the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, which he opened this summer and utilizes his company’s relationships to finance the school aimed at youth risks.
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James close friend and business partner, Maverick Carter, set the stage for the game near the Lakers bench. Two fans sitting near the tunnel where the Lakers enter the court came to match in mashed up James and James Laker’s shirts – one reads “Clev-ers”, the other reads “Lak-land”.
“Just another game, really,” James told ESPN this week and looked forward to the matchup. “I’ve really not thought about it too much. Our team, there’s a whole different team there. Of course, I still have some of my guys who are with Swish [JR Smith] and Double T [Thompson] Kev [Kevin Love] and Channing is also back guys who were there when we won that title, but it’s a completely different makeup. A completely different situation. Coach [Tyronn] Hat is gone. It’s clear that Griff [former general manager David Griffin] is gone. I think everything started with all the Rie [Kyrie Irving] trade. So that’s a completely different feeling. “
James arrived at the venue about two and a half hours before the tipoff shook his hands on several familiar faces when he went to the visitors’ closet for the first time since played with the heat. He took the court with about 10 minutes to go before the tipoff, and the audience, still archiving in the arena, recognized him with an ovation, which only became harder when formally introduced and when the video was shouted.
Cavs coach Larry Drew, an assistant in Cleveland for the past four years, James led Cavs to four straight NBA finals and a 2016 championship was asked before the match if the organization could have done something different to maintain its home-made superstar.  “I do not think there was anything as far as we could have done as much as doing more,” said Drew. “I mean it’s just a decision a player makes when he’s in that situation when he’s in a certain part of his career, he really needs to look out for himself. He has to look out for his family. He has to do The decision he feels is best for him, that’s what the players do and to be honest when he made the decision, I was not completely shocked. I know everyone really hoped he would return, but the Bron is a true pro. make the best decision, and he will make the right decision for himself and his family and for his career, and that’s what he did. “
Cav’s owner Dan Gilbert, who usually sits in court near the Cleveland bench, did not participate at the time of tribute to James.
James had a pair of white and green Nike LeBron 7s in St. Vincent-St. Mary High School Colors, originally released in 2009 – his last season of his first stint with Cavs – for the game.