LeBron James has returned to the city and team where he made a name for himself: the Cleveland Cavaliers. On Thursday night's home game against the New York Knicks, James was met with a loud roar when he stepped onto the court wearing a Cavaliers jersey -- doing so for the first time since he exited the team in 2010 to join the Miami Heat.
Four years ago, James was met with criticism over his decision, but for Cleveland fans Thursday night, it was almost as if he had never left. A video of his homecoming conveys the crowd's enthusiasm.
Sure, James might have played with Miami for a time, but Cleveland is his home, many people on Twitter remarked.
Cleveland got rebuilding to do. But congrats to the king @KingJames on going home
— Traveyun (@TraveyunConey07) October 31, 2014
— LaTonya Story (@LaTonyaStory) October 31, 2014
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunsonMMA) October 30, 2014
Some referred to James as “The King,” (his Twitter handle is @KingJames) and helped make the hashtag #ReturnOfTheKing one of the top-trending topics on Twitter Thursday evening.
Best pregame introduction I've ever seen #ReturnOfTheKing
— Billy Hipp (@Busja12) October 31, 2014
— Chris Manning 2K15 (@LD2K) October 30, 2014
— Rango (@sonofabitz5) October 30, 2014
Fans were also thrilled he brought back the chalk toss, which is not too surprising since 95 percent of the people he polled voted “yes.”
— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 29, 2014
Way too many people with their cell phones out during the LeBron James chalk toss. Enjoy the moment... pic.twitter.com/oPCBL2GeYo
— Matthew Stucko (@MatthewStucko) October 31, 2014
LeBron Chalk toss! https://t.co/8liidXIvCA
— Sports Update (@MySportsUpdate) October 31, 2014
After his big return, the average ticket price to see James play in Cleveland almost cost $1,000, which is up 1,660 percent from last year, StubHub wrote, according to CNN. Last year, the average price was $56. Still, many fans were willing to pay the price to watch King James.
The price for Miami tickets now that James is gone? They went for an average of just $84, which is down more than 70 percent from a year ago.
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