The first Cavs vs. Heat game since LeBron James signed with Miami is coming up on Dec. 2. The Cavs vs. Heat game is going to see more security now as well, with increased concern about how the Cleveland fans are going to react. LeBron James will probably sell out Quicken Loans Arena again, even though he will be playing for the opposing team. Mark Dec. 2 on your calendar, because it’s quite possible that James is going to receive the same warm welcome that Alex Rodriguez got after he left the Seattle Mariners for the Texas Rangers.
According to ESPN, the Cavs have also taken the pro-active step of banning anti-LeBron James apparel in the arena, all in an attempt to try to keep things under control. It’s a smart move, because some of the Cavs fans aren’t going to need added incentive to be upset that James signed with another team. It also seems like an admission that they are indeed worried that emotions could boil over during the game. Cleveland fans have never been the type to get too over-excited about opposing players, and hopefully they can keep their composure when the new-look Miami Heat come to visit.
ESPN also noted tha, in order to increase the security at the arena, there will be dozens of extra police officers on hand, and some of them will be undercover. That’s another good idea, but maybe that news should be spread around more, just so everyone realizes there might be a cop standing next to them at the game.
Taking the stance that no “attack” T-shirts or inappropriate signs will be allowed into the arena should also help to temper a bit of the animosity that will be coming at James. Some might say that he deserves every rude thing Cavs fans have to say about him, but maybe they should just try to take the moral high ground here.
The argument could be made that a lot of the entertainment value of this game is going to be taken away with the increased security presence, but the counter argument is that, if the crowd remains under control, it shouldn’t affect how fans enjoy the game.
Right now the Miami Heat have more to worry about than the Cleveland Cavaliers anyway, as they have fallen to an 8-7 record with three straight losses. Cleveland has had a tough 2010-11 season so far as well, posting a 6-8 record through the first 14 games. Both teams know they need the win on Dec. 2, no matter who they are playing against.
The Cavs vs. Heat game will tip off on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. PT (8 p.m. ET) and will get a live broadcast from TNT.