The NBA has started releasing key dates for the upcoming 2018-19 season. Among the most interesting cross-conference games will obviously be LeBron James’ return to Cleveland as a Los Angeles Laker.
Yesterday, we learned that he will be back in his home state just ahead of the holidays. James and the Lakers take on the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Wednesday, November 21—the day before Thanksgiving.
The response to James probably won’t be nearly as vicious as it was when he came back as a member of the Heat, following his first departure from Cleveland. This time, he leaves the team as an NBA champion, fulfilling the goal he had when he decided to sign back with the team.
Most Cavaliers fans seem to be handling this move better than the one to Miami. However, there’s definitely some bitterness.
In The Plain Dealer this morning, the headline writer had some fun with Chris Fedor’s piece on the game.
The print edition of the article about LeBron James’ first game in Cleveland as a Laker is headlined “Lonzo Ball and Lakers at The Qon Nov. 21.”
Never change spurned local headline writer… pic.twitter.com/vLCU0LAVoI
— Kris Atteberry (@tteberry) August 9, 2018
The Cleveland.com edition of the piece is headlined “LeBron James will return to Cleveland as member of Lakers on Nov. 21.” So yes, kudos to whomever decided on the print headline, that is good trolling.
That isn’t the only big game on the schedule that has been revealed for LeBron’s Lakers so far.
The team will open on the road against Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on October 18. Two days later, LeBron makes his Lakers home debut against Western Conference runner-up Houston, which features MVP James Harden, and two of his closest friends in the league, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.
On Christmas Day, LeBron’s Lakers will travel to the Bay Area to face his main rivals, the Golden State Warriors.