The four-time MVP and Ohio native announced his return to Cleveland this summer after spending four seasons in Miami, where he won back-to-back titles with the Heat. James, 29, was selected by the Cavaliers with the No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft and guided the franchise to the 2007 Finals.
James' chalk toss completed an elaborate pregame show for the Cavaliers, who played host to the Knicks. The organization's gigantic new Jumbotron displayed an extended video intro that showed high school footage of each of the team's major players, including Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Dion Waiters. The video then ended with James, who looked directly into the camera and said, "There's no place like home."
Cleveland took the court in its new blue alternate uniforms, with James returning to jersey number 23 after wearing 6 with the Heat. James, of course, was the last player introduced, an honor that had gone to Dwyane Wade in Miami.
James took to social media to poll his fans as to whether he should bring back the chalk toss in his Cleveland homecoming. Earlier Thursday, he announced on Twitter that 95 percent of his fans approved of the ritual's return.