LeBron James and co banned from famous celebration that offends Brazilians

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Ahead of this Saturday's NBA Global Games match up between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat in Rio Di Janeiro, Brazil, the league has banned the use of certain celebrations.

In a bid to avoid offending any of the locals, LeBron James and the rest of his Cavaliers teammates, alongside those he left behind in Miami, will not be able to throw up the 'three-goggles' after a successful attempt from distance in Rio it has emerged this week.

Goggles off

The famous celebration that is common place in NBA arenas up and down the country (ok, maybe not so much in Philadelphia these days) may simply be a bit of fun when performed in the US. That appears not to be the case in the South American venue for the NBA's latest foreign venture however.

The three sign you see LeBron using above, when used in a specific way, is apparently an offensive gesture in Brazil - with its use more commonly associated with 'F-you' rather than a slick shot from down town.

With that in mind both the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers franchises have received memos from the league informing them to prohibit players from performing such gestures.

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A reunion in Rio

The Cavs-Heat contest of course marks the first time LeBron James will face up against his former Miami teammates since jumping ship from the South Florida franchise this offseason.

With Chris Bosh admitting this week that he hasn't spoken to LeBron since the exit was confirmed, and Mario Chalmers referring only to James as 'that guy' during Miami Heat's media day perhaps you could expect that some of the players may be using a few other choice hand gestures rather than just the 'three-goggles.'

Friendly rivals

But those hoping for a contest fraught with tension and unfinished business may be waiting a while. LeBron has been at pains to express his gratitude for what the Heat franchise helped him achieve over the past four years, and with best-pal Dwyane Wade still in Heat uniform it is more likely to be a meeting of old friends rather than the beginning of a heated rivalry.

Having said that, with the Cavs having recruited ridiculously well this offseason the franchise now stands as a legitimate challenger to the Eastern Conference crown that has been in the possession of Miami since 2010.

Expect fireworks and three-goggles galore then!

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