There is nothing like players coming back to play against their former team. Whether they left on their own or they were traded, there is a certain reality show feel about the “return game.” It doesn’t matter if the game is at the beginning of the season or towards the end of the season. The fans will absolutely show up for this game and there are all sorts of emotions flying around. The players could say the nicest things and the fans will still punish them with thunderous boos. Sports are definitely a business, however there is also something personal about sports between fans, owners, and players. The whole idea of free agents in each sport made this possible. We have ranked the most hyped returns in sports, let us know what you think:
5. Dwight Howard returns to Orlando (3.12.2013)
Dwight Howard had 39 points, 16 rebounds, and 2 assists in his return to Orlando after he was traded to the Lakers during the offseason.
4. Brett Favre returns to Green Bay (11.01.2009)
Favre was 17-of-28 for 244 yards and 4 touchdowns as the Vikings rolled to a 38-26 victory at Lambeau Field in Favre’s return to Green Bay.
3. Shaq returns to Los Angeles (12.25.2004)
Shaq had 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists in his return to Los Angeles after being traded to the Miami Heat.
2. Kevin Durant returning to OKC (2.11.2017)
We will see what Durant has in store for us in his return to OKC. In his first two games against the Thunder, Durant is averaging 39.5 points per game, 9.5 rebounds per game, and 2.5 assists per game.
1. LeBron James returns to Cleveland (12.2.2010)
LeBron had 38 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds in his return to Cleveland after he left in free agency to join the Miami Heat.