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LeBron James coaching Anthony Davis on return to former city

As Anthony Davis fielded questions about what his return to New Orleans Wednesday might feel like, he stared across the locker room at someone who already has all the answers about navigating an uneasy homecoming: LeBron James.

Of course James remembers the animosity in the air when he played his first game in Cleveland with the Miami Heat. He remembers it so well that he knows the date -- Dec. 2, 2010 -- as if it was a loved one's birthday.

And now, nearly a decade later, he's trying to prepare Davis for what to expect when Pelicans fans will surely pelt him with vitriol pent up from seeing their franchise player walk out the door.