When the Miami Heat took the floor at Quicken Loans Arena, the booing was deafening. Lebron James' face was hard to read, but it's hard to imagine he couldn't sense the hostility. It would appear that the fans are still holding plenty of resentment towards their former star. Signs throughout the crowd read "Queen James", "Witless", and "Royal Mess". A group of guys wore shirts spelling out the word 'betrayed'.
During starting lineup intros, James was introduced first. Cavs fans then booed the entire Miami lineup save Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Marv Albert predicts non-stop heckling -- at least that's what it sounds like he's saying, as an "ASSHOLE!" chart has started up yet again.
The TNT crew described the atmosphere as playoff-like, and said that the mood in the arena is unlike anything they've seen before. We'll see if the basketball lives up to the off-court drama. And yes, he did his powder ritual:
LeBron alert! ESPN seems to think this treatment of James is some sort of national emergency: