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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Uh Oh...the HEAT are coming to Cleveland...here's what to expect

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert expects Cleveland fans to be boisterous but behave when LeBron James returns this week.

This will be James' first visit as a member of the Miami Heat. The Cavs will have extra security in Quicken Loans Arena to ensure that James is protected.

"You don't want to see anything stupid happen," Gilbert said at halftime of Cleveland's game Tuesday night against Boston. "I don't want to see anybody do something they shouldn't do, whether it was Thursday night or any night. I'm sure a lot of them will make their feelings known, but as long as everybody plays by the rules and doesn't go over the top, everything will be fine.
I really believe that Cleveland people will do the right thing."

Well O.K. but this Chant that was handed out to the fans won't help.

 “Chant” sheet here.

Here is the jist of it.
Throughout the game:
Whenever LeBron is introduced, laugh as loud as you can
Wade – Boo
Bosh- Boo
Arroyo – Boo
Z – (We’d encourage Cheering)
LeBron – Laugh as loud as you can
Check out how Big Z is spared. But here's the best part:
Start of Third Quarter
To the tune of “My Country Tis of Thee”
Our King he betrayed Thee
Couldn’t play any ‘D’
He has no RING!
Playoffs He Barely Tried
Embarrassed Akrons Pride
No Doubt he really lied
(Repeat as Necessary)

Hahaha at the "repeat if necessary".

In the meantime, here's what others think:

Reggie Miller says LeBron should embrace upcoming boos.

Former Cleveland teammate Shaquille O'Neal is anticipating the return. He said he's definitely watching. Here's his tweet:
I’m anxious to see if he’s going to do the powder thing…. I’m anxious to see him do the powder s—. We have bets he won’t do it."
Oh, there's powder everywhere!

Good question Shaq! Will he do the powder? 

And LeBron...he hopes that the Cleveland fans will forgive him and retire his jersey someday.
"Wow. Of course," James said. "If that's something that organization and franchise would do, I'm all respectful of that. I just tried to be the best player I could be every night, whether I was in that Cavalier uniform, that USA uniform. If that results in me having my jersey retired that would be great."
James added that he'll be ready for whatever response he receives when the Heat battle the Cavaliers in Cleveland later this week.
"I'm ready for whatever response I'm going to get," James said. "It's going to be very emotional. I give a lot of thanks to that city, a lot of thanks to those fans for giving me the opportunity to not only showcase my talent, but to grow from a young boy to a man during my seven years. So it's going to be very emotionally draining. I can tell already."
 James also expects it to be emotional for him too.
"I think it's going to be very emotional for myself," James said. "I've got a lot of great memories in that city. So many times, from ups and downs, and a lot of things that I've done in my life, I give a lot of thanks to that city, lot of thanks to those fans for giving me the opportunity to not only showcase my talent but grow from a young boy to a man."

The HEAT visit the Q (a.k.a. Quicken Loans Arena) Thursday. You can watch all the hub-bub on TNT.