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Posted at 7:56 AM ET, 12/ 3/2010

LeBron James is the king in homecoming with Heat in Cleveland

By Cindy Boren

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Cleveland fans got it all out of their system. (John Kuntz / Cleveland Plain Dealer)

The city of Cleveland remains standing this morning after LeBron James' triumphant (well, his team won anyway) return with the Miami Heat. The final stat line, as reported by the Cavaliers, reads thusly:

1 arrest. 4 ejections, 12 confiscated T-shirts, 24 confiscated signs, LeBron 38 points.

The self-proclaimed King James was pleased and exhausted after the emotional game. "I'm tired now," James said. "I'm very exhausted. I didn't get much sleep last night, didn't get much sleep today, either." No doubt it was especially taxing to jabber and jaw (video here contains a bad word) with his present-day teammates as well as his former ones on the Cavs bench as he ran up and down the court. "I turned one time and he was down there, talking," Cavs Coach Byron Scott said. "That's what he does most games. He talks to most guys on the bench."

He seemed to have no problem figuring out which basket to aim for, though, and took the high road when asked about his treatment from Cavs fans. "I understand how passionate the fans are," James said. "I've got a lot of love for these fans. But I'm a Miami Heat player now."

Afterward, at 1:23 a.m., he tweeted an addendum to a postgame interview on TNT:

Did a post game interview with Craig Sager and I mentioned "Greatness" and I didn't mean my self individually, I meant to say US as a TEAM working towards "Greatness". Anyways Great Team Win for US tonight!

So maybe this is what's known as closure for him and for Cavs' fans.

Those Lyin' King shirts might make nice dust cloths.

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By Cindy Boren  | December 3, 2010; 7:56 AM ET
Categories:  LeBron James, NBA  
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Comments

I felt sorry for Cavs fans because I felt they went too far with this pettiness. College student passion signs are much better hahaha I wanted LeBron to stay in Cleveland as well but I couldn't get mad after he gave 7 yrs and made a biz decision...ok Da Decision was a VERY bad idea but I think karma hit Cleveland in the butt! LeBron will take off now the nervousness (of coming back to Cleveland) is gone as Barkley kept saying. Oh Sir Charles did it ever occur to you maybe the reason the Cavs had no problem joking with him is because they envy his move and felt the owner went too far?? He got the 7yr itch and DIVORCED Cleveland to go get MORE... hahahahaha

Posted by: MDlady2 | December 3, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Cleveland fans (and their owner) have reacted to James' departure like owners of runaway slaves must have in a previous era.

That era is long GONE

Posted by: GWGOLDB | December 3, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

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