MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James doesn’t have any apprehension for this homecoming.
There’s nothing to fear, no real worries about his safety, unlike what awaited him the last time he had one of these return games. Then again, this might not even classify as a homecoming — because, it turns out, Miami was never truly his home, just a place he called home for four years while playing with the Heat.
He came. He won. He left.
On Thursday, James returns to face the Heat, the team that turned him from a superstar to a two-time NBA champion superstar. And as he and the Cleveland Cavaliers prepare for what will certainly be an emotional Christmas visit, James said he’s expecting to be flooded with positive vibes.
“To say I haven’t thought about going back, I would be lying,” James said in Cleveland on Tuesday night after he and the Cavaliers beat Minnesota.
“It’s going to be great to be back in that building around those unbelievable fans and the memories will definitely come back, being a part of the organization for four years,” he said.
For their part, the Heat insist that they’re looking forward to the reunion.