by Marcel Mutoni

We are often told that what defines a great player is his ability to elevate the play of his teammates. LeBron James is a great player – as evidenced by the Cavs stopping their ugly five game losing streak when he made his return last night – and it appears that he’s an equally great teammate.

Last night, Cavs fans got to see Anderson Varejao for the first time since the NBA Finals, and thanks to LBJ, he didn’t get booed lustily. James says he asked head coach Mike Brown to come off the bench along with Larry Hughes and Varejao so that the Brazilian wouldn’t feel the wrath of the home fans.

”I thought it would raise the intensity of the fans, having me, Larry and Andy come in at the same time, and it worked,” James said.

”I thought by coming in with Andy, it might stop the boos Andy might get; just protecting my teammates.”

Is there anything this guy doesn’t do for the Cavs?