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Joe Thomas gets standing ovation, hug from LeBron James at Cavs game (vid)

Newly retired Joe Thomas made an appearance Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena to take in the Cleveland Cavaliers-Milwaukee Bucks tilt. And the beloved, former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman received a tribute befitting such an iconic figure in the Cleveland sports scene.

Thomas, who held his farewell press conference earlier Monday, received an enthusiastic standing ovation from the fans in attendance at the Q and also shared an embrace with LeBron James during the first timeout of the nationally televised game.

James, who posted yet another triple-double (40 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists) — a not-uncommon occurrence this season — in Cleveland’s 124-117 victory over Milwaukee, weighed in on how special it was to pay tribute to such a “legend.”

Thomas also reacted on Twitter to the reception he received at the game, saying he was “humbled.”

James previously took to Twitter to praise Thomas shortly after the Browns star announced his retirement.

Thomas will always be revered in Cleveland for his contributions, despite the fact the Browns never fielded a team worthy of his leadership, talent and love for the game. And from the sound of it, Thomas may be making inroads to staying involved in the NFL, albeit in a wholly different field.