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LeBron James makes surprise appearance in Cleveland summer league game

Jul 18, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

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LeBron James made a surprise appearance at the Chris Chambers City League Classic over the weekend, which takes place in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. It’s not exactly Cleveland, but being less than 20 miles away, it’s not far from there, either. So it might come as a bit of a surprise that the crowd received him with seemingly nothing but cheers at the event.

But really, it shouldn’t.

If you’re one of the lucky few in attendance at a small summer league game, and one of the best players in the world walks in and laces ’em up unexpectedly to put on a show, there’s not going to be any animosity, no matter how coldly he left your beloved Cavaliers in free agency. It’s summertime, and the livin’s easy. You’re simply thrilled that you got to be that close to watch a star of LeBron’s stature perform, and you’re going to tell all your friends how awesome it was.

Nothing is going to change, of course, the next time James comes to Cleveland to play an NBA game as a member of the Miami Heat. The boos will rain down from the fans at the Q as loudly as ever, and as they rightfully should. But let’s not pretend that a summer league appearance like this one would (or should) result in the same kind of negative reaction.

Some highlights of LeBron’s performance, as well as some commentary from King James himself afterward, can be seen in the video clip below (via Dime).

  1. david8726 - Jul 18, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    *waits for someone to come and make the “LeBron is evil” post De Jour*

  2. mikeinthevine - Jul 18, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    OK David, here you go. LeQuit is a punk and will always be a punk. It doesn’t matter what season it is, he proves it time and time again!

    • cordae - Jul 18, 2011 at 10:57 PM

      The “LeName” jokes are so old and so lame…

  3. trueballs - Jul 18, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    he did say his name twice in about 45 seconds followed by the word “man.” Showing up to this summer camp though I think was a good first step towards improving his image.

  4. gatorfan1 - Jul 18, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    One Question!!! Did he score in the 4th quarter???

  5. denverdude7 - Jul 18, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Did he go zero for the fourth quarter again?

  6. cosanostra71 - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:11 AM

    finally competition he can dominate in the fourth quarter

  7. southbeachtalent - Jul 19, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    LeBron is the Devil!!!!

  8. secdominance - Jul 19, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    I would love to see LeBron at the North Carolina ProAm in Durham. I bet that would be so fun to watch.

  9. ceebrown - Jul 19, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    uhh.. warrensville hts. is not 20mi. from Cleveland, more like 20 ft. and contrary to what the nation believes, Lebron is not universally hated here in Cleveland, most of us could care less what he does or where he plays. Dont believe the media hype.

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