He tuned out the boos. He smiled at the derisive chants. He embraced all the negativity Cleveland could muster. LeBron James wasn’t fazed by anything. He brought his talents back home and reminded everyone – even the haters – why he’s missed. Returning as a villain to his native state and the city he scorned this summer, James scored 38 points – 24 in a virtuoso third-quarter performance – to lead the Miami Heat to a 118-90 win on Thursday night, turning his hostile homecoming into another uneasy moment for the Cavaliers. This wasn’t the payback they waited five months to inflict. James simply wouldn’t allow it, but insisted his beatdown wasn’t personal. At one point this summer, he compiled a roster of enemies. “Cavs fans weren’t on my list,” he said. “I have the utmost respect for these fans. It’s nothing personal and it won’t be ever.” LeBron went into stealh mode by wearing the what seemed to be the Triple Black version of the Nike LeBron 8. However, his Player Exclusive pair features white Nike swoosh’s on both lateral and medial sides. Also, he introduced the so called UnChina colorway the day before in Detroit.
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