While most Miami residents are sad that LeBron James is heading back to Cleveland, some are sad for a reason that has little to do with basketball. On Twitter, many fans expressed their sadness about how “lame” Club Liv would be without the 29-year-old partying there anymore.
Club Liv is one of the top nightspots in Miami, with celebrity guests partying there often, such as Nicki Minaj, Drake, Rihanna, and the Miami Heat. In 2012, the team celebrated their NBA Championship at the South Beach club, racking up an impressive $200,000 tab. In 2013, the Heat racked up a $100,000 bill.
And it is highly likely that James and the Heat players go to Liv on other nights as well. So will Liv lose business without the champion in town? Some fans think so. “Club Liv, KOD'S all the clubs in Miami suffering right now after this lol,” wrote @MrDropTop on Twitter. “Miami finna be dry as hell. Club LIV mad as hell,” said @Double_D1329.
On Friday, James announced that he is heading back home to be a part of the Cleveland Caveliers, and leaving the Miami Heat after four seasons.
In an essay, James wrote for SI.com, he said, in part, “Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.”