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Thursday, December 2, 2010
Cleveland preps for return of LeBron James

By Adena Andrews

Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers, 8 p.m. ET

Cleveland guard Mo Williams couldn't have said it better. He compared LeBron James returning to Cleveland to an ex-girlfriend coming to your wedding. In a way Williams hit it on the head with that one, Cleveland is an angry spouse embarrassed by a national breakup and is ready for revenge.

Fans are so hyped to see The King fall that they have developed Twitter campaigns like @laughatlebron, that encourage fans not to boo but to laugh at LBJ each time he touches the ball. Also a bevy of creative anti-LeBron chants have been put together, my favorite being, "Wit-Nessed Noth-Ing (Clap, Clap, ClapClapClap)". Even Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert is out for LBJ's blood. On James' exit Dan Gilbert wrote history's most famous comic sans letter stating, "I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER 'KING' WINS ONE." Gilbert has also recently a hired high-powered law firm to investigate tampering in the LeBron-Heat deal. Hey Gilbert, I got this book, it's called He's Just Not That Into You, you should read it one day.

And all this excitement is just off the court. On the court, you have scorned teammates within elbow striking distance of LeBron. Then you have a man who has been kicked around by an entire city for months that is ready to explode offensively.

This should be good.

Houston Texans at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. ET

Houston Texans' Andre Johnson turned his last game into a heavyweight bout and is thankful to see the gridiron this Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles. After a fight with Tennessee cornerback Cortland Finnegan, Johnson escaped a suspension and was fined $25,000 for the incident.

Philadelphia's offensive weapon Michael Vick will be leading the pack but has to recover from a Sunday loss where he was sacked four times and threw for his first interception of the season against the Chicago Bears. This game might be a self-esteem booster for Vick as the Texans have allowed an NFL-worst 25 touchdown passes and rank 31st in the league in passing yards allowed (286.2).

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson may be distracted by contract negations and struggling with previous concussion injuries.

UCLA Bruins at No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2/

Who doesn't love an NCAA Division I powerhouse basketball game with records on the line? The undefeated Kansas Jayhawks (6-0) are looking to extend the nation's longest home winning streak to 64 as they take on the unranked UCLA Bruins (3-2) tonight. If history repeats itself the Jayhawks may see their home win streak end tonight. The last time UCLA lost in Lawrence, Kansas was Dec. 1, 2002, 87-70. Watch for Jayhawk junior forward Marcus Morris (19 ppg, 6.3 rpg) to reek havoc on Bruin sophomore forwards Reeves Nelson and Tyler Honeycutt in the front court. Last week Morris exploded for a combined 42 points over Ohio and Arizona to carry Kansas to its second Las Vegas Invitational championship in five years.