BEREA, Ohio– Mike Pettine knows how special this day is for the city of Cleveland with the return of LeBron James to the Cavaliers.
Pettine opened his press conference by addressing the Cavaliers opener.
"A little sparse in here today," Pettine said. "Is something else going on or have I sufficiently bored everybody to death."
There was just one television camera–the Browns own–at the press conference compared to the usual complement from all the local television channels.
Pettine said the team feels the excitement in Cleveland.
"There’s a great buzz in the city because of (the Cavs)," he said. "I think we’re all excited to see them play."
Pettine said he knows of that several of the Browns players are planning on being at the game–to the point that he had Director of Player Engagement Jamil Northcutt address it in a meeting Thursday morning.
"I know there’s a good relationship with the teams," Pettine said. "I know there’s a bunch of our guys going down. We had to have Jamil Northcutt address it at our team meeting with regards to parking and do’s and don’ts of heading down there."
Pettine said he’ll be busy preparing for Sunday’s game with Tampa Bay, but might take a peek at what’s going on.
"It’s good," he said. "It’s an exciting time. I’m not going to make it down (to the game), but will probably try to record it and see some of it."
Browns punter Spencer Lanning posted on his Twitter account in response to James posting the debut of his new Nike ad on his Twitter account.
"So much more than a #LeBron #Nike ad. Sums up our teams, our fans, our city. Chills."