So this was not just “any” pre season basketball game for the Miami Heat this past weekend. Nope, it was the first time the Heat organization saw him, yes the one recently referred to as “that guy”. Yes we are talking about ex Heat player Lebron James. Hey it isn’t everyday that the best player in the world leaves your team for another unless your team is called the Cleveland Cavaliers. Awkward right ? How both the Heat and the Cavs have experienced each others biggest joys and worst fears. What i strange day it must have been for Heat fans to suddenly boo the man that we all loved a year ago as he valiantly fought to give us another NBA championship. Then he ditched beautiful Miami for ugly, cold, frigid Cleveland. Who would leave Halle Berry for Whoopi Goldberg ? It felt like your high school dance and there is your ex with her ugly new boyfriend. Oh the agony . None of the other preseason games will feel anything like this one did. This one had all the emotion of a season premiere TV show after a cliff hanging season finale and we had to wait for months to find out what will happen next. The atmosphere was electric at the HSBC Arena in Brazil.
It shocked no one that the Cavaliers, behind Anderson Varejao on his home turf and Kevin Love draining threes, led Cleveland to a win over Miami 122-119 the final in over time. It turned out to be quite an entertaining show.
Now the preliminary is over and we can look forward to the main event on Christmas day. For sure we will see a better Lebron James (2-of-8, eight assists in 21 minutes) who should be a bit more familiar with his new teammates. It appeared during a brief moment that Lebron thought he was still playing for Miami as he set a pick to free Norris Cole from his new Cavs teammates. Social media ate it all up of course and the Heat for the most part did not seem as confused as their ex leader. In these parts Lebron James is the guy we used to love, he is now public enemy number one and most Heat fans cannot wait to boo him. Cleveland will dominate this season as they are certainly very deep when it comes to the depth of talent they have on that roster. They are now the hunted again, many of those young players do not have any idea what that feels like. They will get every team’s best effort every night. Lets see how they react to dealing with the paparazzi and all of the distractions that come with being a rock star NBA team. Miami knows what that feels like and many of the Heat players seem to welcome being just a basketball team minus the circus.
So we are all set for a Christmas Day showdown. The players will not be as cheerful as they were in Brazil. The guys exchanged pleasantries , hugs and handshakes. Don’t expect more of the same the next time they see each other. I believe Miami will want to send a strong powerful message to Lebron James. Thanks for those four years, we will forever be grateful for your contributions to our recent championships. That however is history, and you sir are now on the other side. It will not be personal, just business and trust and believe the Miami Heat way always has and always will be, take care of business. See ya at the next dance Lebron.