LeBron James Rates Cleveland Cavaliers’ Recent Moves, Admits of Following His Former Team Closely

Published 01/27/2021, 6:00 AM EST
Jan 25, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports


It’s been nearly three years since LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to embark on a new journey in the NBA. King James bid an emotional farewell to his boyhood franchise in 2018 and joined the Los Angeles Lakers. But that doesn’t mean he’s completely forgotten about the Cavs.

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LeBron James returned to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers on Monday and reminded them just how good he still is. The four-time MVP was simply dominating his former team, but he still holds them in his heart for sentimental reasons. 

Though he’s no longer a part of the franchise, Cleveland will always remain LBJ’s home. It was an emotional moment indeed when he took on the Cavs wearing a Lakers uniform, but that’s just how the league works. 

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LeBron James always pays close attention to how the Cavs are progressing

James posted a season-high 46-points to mark his grand return and registered his comments on the rebuilding Cavs team afterward. The franchise has not been the same after his departure, and the 36-year-old added a bit of positivity to their ongoing campaign. 

“I always pay close attention to what’s going on. I think J.B. has done a hell of a job and they’ve been drafting well and made a couple trades. You can tell that team is improving,” LeBron said after the game. It is quite evident that he hasn’t lost interest in following the team, especially after they have young talents leading the team, like he once did. 

“They got some young guards that are very dynamic in Collin and Darius and the rest of them they can build around. They got some young pieces they can put their futures behind. We’ll see what happens,” he added. 

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Jan 20, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) drives against Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) in the second overtime at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Though the Cavs are 8-9 in the regular season, they’re a promising team. No one expected them to pull off back-to-back victories against the Brooklyn Nets, and players like Collin Sexton and Darius Garland are striving hard for the team’s success. 

Cleveland suffered a 108-115 defeat against the Lakers, but they have a couple of games against the Minnesota Timberwolves, one each against the New York Knicks and the Detroit Pistons, where they can try and reclaim a better spot in the rankings. 

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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