Wednesday night’s game between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers will have a different feel then games between the two teams have had in recent years.
LeBron didn’t just join the Cleveland Cavaliers. He came to save the world, so to speak, to bring financial and spiritual lubricant to the Rust Belt, an area of America that has been lost to the the meat-hook realities of economics.
Despite living in the post-LeBron era, the Miami Heat are not lacking superstar talent.
LeBron James in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform. Derek Fisher on the Madison Square Garden sideline. A fifth championship banner in the San Antonio Spurs rafters.
His shirt soaked with champagne after winning his fourth title in 2007, Tim Duncan had one more move before celebrating further with his Spurs teammates. He pivoted in a hallway inside Quicken Loans Arena, pulled 22-year-old LeBron James close and delivered a message.
Things are going to look a little different this season with the Miami Heat.
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Although the Miami Heat had been downplaying the game against LeBron James all along, coach Erik Spoelstra and Chris Bosh said Saturday that they were glad it was finally out of the way.
LeBron James scored seven points while playing only 20 minutes against his former team, and the Cleveland Cavaliers went on to beat the Miami Heat 122-119 in overtime Saturday in an exhibition game in Brazil.
LeBron James was welcomed at Dwyane Wade’s wedding last month. Udonis Haslem continues to maintain a friendship with his former teammate. Chris Andersen still wears his sneakers. There’s no venom, no hatred, not even trash-talking.