‘I Got No Sleep’: LeBron James Opens Up on Playing Against the Cavaliers for the First Time

Published 09/28/2021, 8:31 AM EDT
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Four-time NBA champion LeBron James is a Cavaliers legend. The 36-year-old helped Cleveland win the city’s first professional title in 52 years. However, it took two stints for LeBron to win a championship with the Cavaliers. He spent his first seven seasons in Cleveland and then he decided to leave. Needless to say, his exit was ugly.

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LeBron James announced on ‘The Decision‘, a national television program that he would be leaving the Cavaliers back in 2010. It crushed the fans as James decided to sign with Miami Heat. James went on to win two championships with the Heat before going back to Cleveland. He spent four seasons in Cleveland and signed with the Lakers in 2018. During the Monday Night Football show, LeBron James opened up on playing against the Cavaliers for the first time.

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LeBron James opens up on his first return to Cleveland

LeBron James recently appeared on ‘Monday Night Football’ and talked about football and his basketball career. James also opened up on his first return to Cleveland as a member of the Miami Heat squad.

“I remember that day like it was yesterday. It was rough. I got no sleep the night before. I already knew the adversity, how crazy it was going to be. It was very challenging” LeBron said.

“They’re gonna root for who they root for. So it gets a little ugly, so you gotta go in there quiet and calm. And I was able to do it the night back in December 2010.”

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James became an unrestricted free agent in 2010 and, after holding meetings with several teams, he decided to sign with the Miami Heat. James teamed up with Chris Bosh and his close friend Dwyane Wade in Miami. The trio then helped the Miami Heat win back-to-back NBA titles from 2011 to 2013. James’s first game against the Cavaliers was scary. He scored 38 points in an emphatic 118-90 win for the Heat. It was a sellout and in front of thousands of Cavs fans, and LeBron ended the game with a splendid performance.

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James opted out of his contract in 2014 and rejoined the Cavaliers. In the 2015-26 season, he helped the Cavaliers win their first and only NBA title. James has won four NBA titles so far and is looking to grab another one in the coming season with the Lakers.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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