Prior to his return to New England, LeBron James has a message for Tom Brady.
As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback prepares for his first game as a member of the opposition against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium, the Los Angeles Lakers star has a message for his teammate: keep the crowd quiet.
During an appearance on ESPN2’s Monday Night Football broadcast, James discussed his first time playing in his former team’s hometown (Scott Polacek of Bleacher Report). “I remember that day like it was yesterday..”
Tuesday, December 2, 2010. It was a difficult situation. “I didn’t get any sleep the night before,” James explained. “I was well aware of the adversity and how insane it would be..” It was extremely difficult… I know Tom accomplished so much in Foxborough with the Patriots. But they’ll root for whoever they want, and you can bet they’ll be rooting for the Patriots. It can get a little unattractive. He needs to go in there and calm the crowd down, just like I did on December 2, 2010. ”
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LeBron’s Return to Cleveland is a Hostile One
James had a similar type of homecoming in 2010 when he returned to Cleveland as a member of the Miami Heat — he was originally drafted by the Cavaliers back in 2003.
While James’ return was a triumph for him and his new team (the Heat won 118-90 with James leading the game with 38 points), the game was a tense one, owing to James’ reception from the home crowd.
For those who may have forgotten, James announced his departure from Cleveland on ESPN’s “The Decision” television special. At the time, the 25-year-old star joined the Heat after promising to win a championship for his hometown Cavaliers. He formed the “Big Three” with fellow All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. In other words, James left Cleveland on bad terms.
Brady’s Return to New England Is Different
While both returns are significant, Brady’s return to New England is likely to be much more well-received. Although Brady left for the Buccaneers in free agency, he did so at an advanced age (42 years old) after leading the Patriots to six championships. In addition, head coach Bill Belichick is frequently blamed for Brady’s departure.
This is what will make Brady’s return to New England so different from LeBron James’ return to Cleveland in 2010. With all of the hype surrounding Brady vs. Belichick, the veteran quarterback is making sure that no new storylines emerge before the big game. Brady referred to Belichick as a “great mentor” during an interview with Jim Gray on SiriusXM’s “Let’s Go!” podcast on Monday (September 27). ”
“Well, I’ve been there for 20 years — I’ve been there for 20 years, and obviously he’s been a great mentor for me,” Brady said of Belichick. “And yes, I believe I’ve learned some valuable lessons from him..” He’s a fantastic football coach who goes above and beyond for his team. And, if you know any player, I believe they simply want their coaches to give them everything they have. Every great coach, I’m sure, wants every player to give it their all. And I believe that is what distinguishes a great relationship. ”
Tom Brady Sr. said last week in an interview with NBC Sports Boston’s Tom E. Curran (via Justin Leger of NBC Sports Boston) that he felt “personally vindicated” that his son won a Super Bowl without Belichick last season.
During his interview with Gray, the younger Brady jokingly downplayed his father’s remarks.
Brady said, “I’ve actually prepared a statement that I wanted to say, and it’s really all I have to say on the subject.” “Comments made by Thomas Edward Brady, a 77-year-old insurance company CEO who should know better at this point in his life, do not necessarily reflect the views or positions held by his son, Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr., and should Tom Sr. continue to speak out on behalf of his son without the express written consent of Tom Jr., Tom Jr. reserves the right to re-home him.” That’s all I have to say on the subject. ”
One thing is certain: when the Buccaneers take the field in New England on Sunday night, Brady will not be joking around. Clean Bowled News