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  • LeBron very un-LeBron in opening loss to Knicks (The Associated Press)

    Shortly after showering, and maybe rinsing off a forgettable performance, LeBron James smiled and laughed as he dressed for a flight to Chicago. It may take Cleveland a little longer. This championship-deprived city, which had waited months to celebrate James' return from Miami with a rip-roaring party, was in a state of shock following Cleveland's 95-90 loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday night. Following an emotional pregame, which included him reprising the signature ''chalk toss'' routine he made famous during his first stint with the Cavs, James could hardly do anything right.

  • Knicks ruin James' homecoming, Clippers begin new era (AFP)

    LeBron James struggled as the New York Knicks spoiled his Cleveland homecoming, and the Los Angeles Clippers sneaked by Oklahoma City to begin their post-Donald Sterling era on Thursday night. James returned to his roots but Carmelo Anthony stole the spotlight by scoring 25 points to lift the Knicks to a 95-90 win in the Cavaliers' 2014-15 season opener on Thursday night. "My turnovers, some of them were careless and some of them were chemistry," James said. In the late game, the Clippers edged the short-handed Thunder 93-90 to begin the Steve Ballmer ownership era.

  • Cavaliers-Bulls Preview (The Associated Press)

    After struggling in his highly anticipated homecoming, LeBron James will face the team that was the best at containing him last season. With a healthier Derrick Rose and the addition of Pau Gasol, the Chicago Bulls will try to show the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers that they'll be one of their main challengers in the Eastern Conference on Friday night. He finished with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting and eight turnovers in a 95-90 loss to the New York Knicks - who were soundly beaten by Chicago a night earlier. I'm glad it was great, but I'm also glad it's over." Cleveland's other ballyhooed new player, Kevin Love, had 19 points and 14 rebounds while Kyrie Irving had a team-best 22 points and seven assists.

  • Knicks spoil James' homecoming, 95-90 (The Associated Press)

    LeBron James shot miserably. ''I didn't press,'' James said, dismissing nerves as a factor. ''I didn't do much.'' James struggled from the start in his first game with Cleveland in four years, and the New York Knicks ruined the megastar's emotional return home with a 95-90 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday night. James, who returned to the Cavs and his native Ohio this summer after winning two NBA titles in Miami, finished with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting.

  • LeBron falters in emotional return to Cleveland (The Associated Press)

    Carried onto the floor by an emotional ovation building for years, LeBron James is back where he began. Introduced to a deafening roar from Cleveland fans, James was welcomed back Thursday night by a city desperate to end a championship drought that's about to turn 50 years old. At 8:08 p.m. all was right in Cleveland again. Nearly four months since proclaiming ''I'm coming home'' and shifting the NBA's balance of power, James is again playing in front of family, friends and the Cleveland fans who had their hearts broken when he left for Miami four years ago.

  • Carmelo Anthony hits dagger jumper over LeBron James to ice Knicks win, spoil Cavs' opener (Video) (Ball Don't Lie)

  • LeBron James hits and-one lay-up for 1st points in return to Cleveland Cavaliers (Video) (Ball Don't Lie)

    The return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers is the biggest story in the NBA this fall. The four-time MVP didn't waste much time in showing basketball fans what they can expect from him during Thursday night's opener against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. With 6:30 remaining in the first quarter, James took a trademark outlet pass from fellow new Cav Kevin Love and powered through a foul from Carmelo Anthony to finish an and-one layup. Take a look below: It was a classic play from James with a new wrinkle from Love, who joined the Cavs this summer via trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The play shows why the Cavaliers could be one of the best fast-break teams in NBA history in 2014-15. Few teams have ever had the transition talent of LeBron, Love and All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving. LeBron's first basket followed a raucous pregame introduction. The crazy scene didn't come across fully on the TNT broadcast (which appeared to have some audio problems). James also brought back his pregame chalk toss routine, which was a mainstay of his first tenure in Cleveland but was used only intermittently during his four seasons with the Miami Heat. You can watch both the intro and the chalk toss here: In a surpise loss to the undermanned and underdog New York Knicks, Cleveland eventually fell by a 95-90 score. James struggled in his re-introduction to northern Ohio, turning the ball over eight times and missing 10 of 15 shots on his way toward 17 points. The Cavs will likely run into challenges this season as they attempt to turn a roster full of talent into a championship-level squad, but for now there are plenty of causes for celebration in Cleveland. Thursday's scene is just the start. - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric

  • National Basketball Association roundup (Reuters)

    (The Sports Xchange) - The Cleveland Cavaliers and center Anderson Varejao are close to agreeing on a contract extension, reported Thursday. The deal would be for three years at an estimated $30 million, starting with the 2015-16 season. The Brazilian native is in the final year of a six-year, $42.5 million contract. He is making $9.7 million this season. - - San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, the MVP of the 2014 NBA Finals, will make his season debut Friday night against the Phoenix Suns. ...