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LeBron hosting Heat players for Thanksgiving dinner in Cleveland

Nov 28, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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It’s just part of the business — the NBA schedule can mean holidays away from home and family for players, coaches and a host of support staff. Case in point, for the Miami Heat this season both Thanksgiving and Christmas will be spent on the road.

But on the road for Thanksgiving is still home for LeBron James — the Heat beat the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night, right next to his hometown of Akron.

The team is staying over and Thursday LeBron is hosting a big Thanksgiving get together with turkey, yams, macaroni and cheese (a favorite if his) at his Akron home for the entire Heat team, he told the Associated Press.

“We would have loved to have been here for the holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas being here in Miami,” James said. “We don’t mind playing on those holidays. Wish we could have been here, but I am happy that I’m able to do something for the team for Thanksgiving.”

“We’re not at home with our families for Thanksgiving but it couldn’t work out any better that at least we could be in someone else’s home,” Miami’s Dwyane Wade said. “And it’s a very nice home that we’re going to, so I’ll make sure I’ll put on the right clothes and the right socks, gotta-take-your-shoes-off-at-the-door type of house.”

It’s not just the Heat and LeBron. For example, he Lakers are flying on Thanksgiving and will land in Detroit, where Kobe Bryant has arrainged for a team Thanksgiving dinner. Yes, they’re going to invite Chris Kaman, too.

We all make due as best we can — sometimes work or other situations force us to be away from the ones we love most on the holidays, yet we are able to find family with the people around us. And that is something to be thankful for.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Nov 28, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    The owners or the NBA could have atleast bought the food!!!

  2. thekingdave - Nov 28, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    When typing arranged, not once do you use the middle finger of your right hand. So where the hell does the “I” come from. Jesus Christ.

  3. vi3tguy415 - Nov 28, 2013 at 2:45 PM

  4. kappy32 - Nov 28, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Bro, he’s NOT from Cleveland & he will tell you that a million times over. He’s from AKRON & that’s where he’s hosting his teammates.

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 28, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      It’s east of Interstate-5. That’s all one needs to know.

  5. jimeejohnson - Nov 28, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Kurt. Thanks for the blogs.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Thanks for reading. This is fun on my end.

  6. antistratfordian - Nov 28, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Huge shout out to Thanksgiving mac and cheesles!

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 28, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      And Thanksgiving carne asada!

  7. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 28, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Just want to thank LeBron and his family for being such a great host. I really enjoyed the food but most of all it was great just being with the guys. Next year, my place.

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