In what figures to be the hottest ticket in the upcoming NBA regular season, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are scheduled to visit Miami to take on his former Heat team on Christmas day, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
“Though the NBA’s schedule will not be finalized and released until mid-August, an unofficial internal schedule of select games has Cleveland playing the Heat in Miami on Christmas on ABC, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The game likely would be played at either 2:30 or 5 p.m. that day, depending on what other game is selected for ABC that day.
ABC wants Heat-Cavaliers that day and the NBA is sensitive to ABC’s wishes. James returned to the Cavaliers this offseason after spending four seasons with the Heat.”
The Cavs and Heat will meet three or four times this season, but none will be met with the same media attention and hype as the first time the four-time MVP returns to Miami where he won two NBA titles and took the Heat to four consecutive Finals.
Christmas day is the marquee day of programming for the NBA so it makes perfect sense to save the return for this day and put it on primetime television on ABC where the ratings for teh game are sure to be as high as any regular season game in recent history.
What do you think the reception will be for “The King” when he is introduced for this game?
Anything less than a standing ovation for James would be a disservice considering all he did for the franchise.