On the Eve of Thanksgiving, Cavs fans have a lot to be thankful for

I mean, the guy did keep his promise - right?

On the Eve of Thanksgiving, Cavs fans have a lot to be thankful for
FILE - In this June 22, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, center, stands in the back of a Rolls Royce as it makes its way through the crowd lining the parade route in downtown Cleveland, celebrating the basketball team's NBA championship. LeBron James has given Hillary Clinton an assist. The NBA superstar, who helped end Cleveland’s championship drought earlier this summer by winning a title with the Cavaliers, is backing Clinton for president. James believes Clinton can do more to help at-risk kids like he once was, saying she’s the only candidate who “truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty.”(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) (Gene J. Puskar)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Despite an underwhelming season, Cavs fans still have a lot to be thankful for - right?

On the eve of Thanksgiving, Northeast Ohio is faced with a decision to boo or cheer on, one of their own.

The Cavaliers decided to make a video tribute for James.

Here’s what happened.

LeBron James kept his promise of bringing the city a championship, a drought the city endured for 52 years.

It’s different this time

In his 2010 return James was coming back to Cleveland fresh off “The Decision."

It was ‘the way he did it’ that made fans burn his jersey and curse his name leading up to the 2010 season.

The hostility was still there when the Miami Heat made a trip to Quicken Loans Arena on Dec. 2, 2010.

An in interview with ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst players discussed their memories of that night.

"It was the most hostile arena I’d ever been in. It felt like if they would’ve let us, they’d have torn us to pieces. But something clicked for us.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Heat center

Things definitely clicked for the Heat that night, they blew out the Cavs 118-90, and James sat on the bench the entire fourth quarter with a mere 38 points.

Reflecting on the memories, James had this to say on his time in Cleveland.

I mean, I will never forget it. I’ll never forget both instances. I will never forget Dec. 2, 2010, and I will never forget us winning the championship in 2016 and that parade. Those are two things that will always be instilled in me for the rest of my career. It’s both. There’s a negative side and there’s a positive side to it. It doesn’t stop me from pushing forward, but it’s something that I definitely, I don’t forget.
LeBron James

Here’s what James had to say after the game.

LeBron James had a lot to reflect on postgame. https://bit.ly/2FDl6ST

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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