Thanks to their current schedule, the reigning NBA champions find themselves on the road for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Luckily, the former is preceded by a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, which, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN), will allow the Heat to spend Turkey Day under LeBron's roof:
If an upside exists to the Miami Heat having to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas on the road, a schedule quirk that the reigning NBA champions are not happy about, it's that one of those swings is through Cleveland. Miami visits the Cavaliers on Wednesday and altered its postgame travel schedule so James could host Thanksgiving dinner at his northeast Ohio home.
"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."
The Heat will certainly enjoy a comfortable holiday in LeBron's spacious 30,000 square foot Akron, Ohio home. It has six bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and is estimated at $9.2 million.
LeBron is "addressing" every last detail, according to the report. From ensuring Shane Battier's favorite beer is served to establishing a dress code, the King is on top of it.
Here at Bleacher Report, we would also like to think he'll be prepared to carve up the turkey like he does opposing defenses:
"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," Dwyane Wade said, per the AP.
Last year, the Heat were home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, though the NBA did stick them in Toronto for the Super Bowl. Even then, just like they are now, the Heat made do. Coach Erik Spoelstra called an audible and allowed the team to party in Canada for the game, delaying their flight back to Miami, according to the Miami Herald.
This time, the Heat will remain stateside, feasting on what will predictably be a lavish spread, dressed to the nines in their Sunday best—on a Thursday.
"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," Wade said of LeBron's home, via the AP.
Capris incoming? Maybe, although it doesn't matter. Not even Wade's, shall we say, questionable fashion sense will be enough to ruin this party.
Dinner promises to be a jovial occasion, filled with laughter, witty banter and post-meal cartwheels. Not to mention a whole lot of team bonding over platefuls of stuffing, yams and macaroni and cheese.
LeBron being LeBron, we cannot rule out the inclusion of a gravy fountain, either.
"I'm a great host," LeBron said, via the AP. "It's natural for me. I don't mind giving guys what they want—what they deserve."
Nothing could throw a wet blanket on this day. Not the Heat's schedule; not the distance put between them and Miami. Nothing.
Well, almost nothing. I imagine LeBron accidentally toasting to his future in Cleveland would put a damper on things.