Most Hyped Returns Against Former Teams

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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)

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 12: Jameer Nelson #14 of the Orlando Magic and Dwight Howard #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the game on March 12, 2013 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. 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 2013 NBAE (Photo by Gary Bassing/NBAE via Getty Images)

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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)

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 16: Former NFL quarterback Brett Farve looks on as he is inducted into the Ring of Honor during a halftime ceremony during the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys on October 16, 2016 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Cowboys defeated the Packers 30-16. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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)

LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 25: Head coach Stan Van Gundy of the Miami Heat sits next to his teammate Shaquille O'Neal #32 during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 25, 2004 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Heat won 104-102 in overtime. 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 2004 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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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)

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 18: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors dribbles past Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder at ORACLE Arena on January 18, 2017 in Oakland, California. 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. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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)

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 02: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat takes the floor prior to playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on December 2, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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.

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