Nearly eight years have passed, but LeBron James still remembers the exact date he played in Cleveland for the first time as a member of the Miami Heat — Dec. 2, 2010 — as if it was a birthday or an anniversary.cheap official nike nfl jerseyscheap nike nfl jerseys from china
With Northeast Ohio’s native son returning to Quicken Loans Arena some five months after “The Decision” rocked the fan base to its core — dredging up decades of insecurity brought upon by repeated failures by the pro sports franchises in town — a regular-season game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Heat became a spectacle unlike any other in the NBA’s rich history.
The Cavs played a role in building up the intensity. The video board flashed between shots of James warming up and various Cleveland athletes and personalities who’d been invited to attend for this purpose. Browns stars Bernie Kosar and Josh Cribbs, Indians star Travis Hafner and actor Drew Carey made their entrances set against James. The culmination came when team owner Dan Gilbert entered, cast like a heavyweight fighter. The messaging was unmistakable: The fans were being prodded to believe it was us against him.
The crowd was in a frenzy. There were coordinated chants, dozens of signs, and objects being hurled onto the court. Despite the adversity, James delivered one of his best performances of that season. In the third quarter, he broke the crowd’s spirit as he scored 24 of his 38 points. He made 15 of 25 shots and added five rebounds and eight assists. When he checked out for good at the end of the third quarter, Miami led by 30, en route to a 118-90 victory.
“It was something that nobody had ever seen before. Everybody knew the emotions behind it. Cable television made sure that they captured every moment. It was an eerie feeling, just going back. It was an uncomfortable feeling going back because of the situation. And I knew how up in bunches everybody was.cheap official nike nfl jerseys
“The only thing I was talking about was, ‘How can I play well?’ I wanted to play well. I wanted to play well more than anything. I knew that I had a group of guys that were going to ride for me that night, no matter what. That was just the makeup of our club. I wasn’t worried about that. But it was an eerie night.
“Once I hit the court, I’m in my safe haven. Once I hit the court in warm-ups, you could hear the boos. It was probably the loudest I’ve ever heard boos in my life. I felt the animosity. I felt the scrutiny. But once the ball was tipped, I’m in my safe haven. There’s nothing that can stop me from trying to be the best I can be.