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Dwyane Wade hopes Heat fans show appreciation in LeBron James’ Miami return

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 11: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat hug after a game at the HSBC Arena as a part of NBA Global Games on October 11, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LeBron James will return to Miami for the first time since leaving the Heat for the Cavaliers when the teams meet Christmas day.

How will and should Heat fans receive LeBron?

Dwyane Wade, who remains close with LeBron, via Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report:

“It’s going to be a mixture,” Wade said. “How I think he should be received is a little different. The man helped take us to places we’ve only been once before he got here. So I think he should be received very well for that at the start of the game. And then when the game comes on, then do what you’ve got to do (as fans).”
“At the end of the day, the guy is an amazing basketball player and everyone is a fan of the game,” Wade said. “So ‘oohs and ahhs,’ they come before boos sometimes. I hope our fans are just appreciative of what he brought to this organization in four years.”

From the top down – owner Micky Arison, president Pat Riley and Wade – the Heat organization handled LeBron’s exit with class. Not every fan followed suit, but it seems most have.

Wade is definitely correct: LeBron will receive a mixture of cheers and boos. Which will be louder? I’d guess the cheers. LeBron aced the PR of returning to Cleveland, and that will make it difficult for even Heat fans to boo him. Some surely will, but I bet most follow Wade’s cue.