Tonight, the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Knicks, and for LeBron and co. it marks a new era and the return of the king to his hometown. James made some interesting comments about the importance of tonight’s game. Hit the jump for details.


“For me, I know all of us shouldn’t take this moment for granted,” James said after shootaround Thursday in advance of the Cavs’ home game against the New York Knicks. “This is probably one of the biggest sporting events that is up there ever.”

Hyperbole? To some extent. But one can hardly blame James for getting caught up in the hype of his return. At the same time James was speaking to reporters at Quicken Loans Arena, Nike was busy unveiling a 10-story banner of his likeness just a couple of blocks away.

James will play his first official game for the Cavs in more than four years since leaving for Miami, and while things have changed in his absence — Cleveland has new uniforms, a new court design and a new video scoreboard that owner Dan Gilbert has dubbed the “humongotron” — there is plenty that is familiar, from James going back to his old No. 23 to him putting it up to the fans to decide if they want to see his pregame chalk toss ritual again. James revealed the result of his fan poll Thursday afternoon, hours before tipoff

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