Watch Cavaliers' Tribute Video to Lakers' LeBron James in Return to Cleveland

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorNovember 22, 2018

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers on November 21, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Cavaliers played a tribute video in honor of LeBron James on Wednesday as he returned to play his old team for the first time since signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason:

Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs

Thank you, @KingJames! πŸ† https://t.co/LoeMSvbDLb

The video showed scenes of James' second tenure with the Cavs, which lasted from 2014 to 2018 and included a 2016 NBA Finals win over the Golden State Warriors.

Cleveland also showcased James' extensive community service efforts, most notably the LeBron James Family Foundation and the I Promise School, which is a public school for at-risk students.

Joe Vardon of The Athletic praised the Cavs for their efforts in honoring James:

Joe Vardon @joevardon

The Cavs organization showed total class with its video saluting LeBron tonight

Cavs fans deservedly cheered James after the video and also did so in warm-ups, the introduction and on his first touch, per Bill Oram of The Athletic.

Wednesday marks the one time James will play in Cleveland this season. The Lakers will host the Cavs on January 13.