Remember the heated hatred of early December when the deposed King made his way back from Florida to Cleveland for the first time? Serious, right?
Tickets for the December Cavs vs. Heat game went quickly, and the secondary market was burning up with Clevelanders ponying up plenty of dough for the right to sit and boo (and yell and scream and chant) in person for LeBron's return to The Q.
LeBron comes back to the shores of Lake Erie for the second time this season tomorrow night, something you might not be aware of. Or you simply might not care.
According to the ABJ, the secondary ticket market for this game is about as hot as tickets to a Luke Harangody meet and greet.
Mark Klang was overwhelmed with the amount of interest in LeBron James' return to Cleveland on Dec. 2. He is equally stunned by the ambivalence surrounding Tuesday, when James and the Miami Heat come to town for the second time.
Klang, ticket broker and owner of Amazing Tickets, is selling seats in both the upper and lower bowls for below face value — and they're still not moving.
''It's puzzling,'' Klang said. ''It's a combination of playing very poorly, interest in the Cavs is nonexistent and people don't care about LeBron. They've said 'the hell with him' and they've moved past it. They've moved on.''
Klang sold seats to the Dec. 2 game in the lower bowl for $275. Now he can't even get $50 for those seats for Tuesday.
Whether fans who show up will be as vociferous and vulgar and angry as the first meeting, who knows. We're guessing sentiment will be strong for the first half, then trail off.
As for the game itself, two things are worth noting.
First, Byron Scott's take on how the Cavs, who got the crap kicked out of them in the first meeting, will fare tomorrow night: ''Like anybody who runs into a bully, you kind of pee down your leg the first time. Then when you figure out the bully ain't that tough, you stand up to him.''
And pee on him?
Second, LeBron was asked about the reception of the fans this time around, and he said nothing can be worse than the reaction in December.
"It can't get no worse than it was December 2nd. I know that. I know that for a fact."
Hopefully Clevelanders will prove him wrong.
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