LeBron delighted with Cavs return

LeBron JamesLeBron James was delighted with the reception he received from the Cleveland Cavaliers fans at their annual scrimmage (Cleveland Cavaliers EVS – Eastern Conference Outright).

James left Cleveland after seven years with the NBA side to join Miami Heat in 2010 but returned this summer.

The Cavs hold an annual scrimmage, an open practice session, before each season and 17,000 fans were in attendance to welcome James back to the Quicken Loans Arena.

The crowd’s roar was so loud that he failed to hear his own name being announced, and the 29-year-old four-time NBA MVP welcomed the reception he was given.

“I really couldn’t hear it,” he said. “The fans were really loud and the PA was a little down, so I really couldn’t hear it. I was the last person sitting on the bench, so I guess it had to be my time. But the roar was very well received and I’m grateful to be able to be in this position where the fans welcomed me back like that.”

James’ arrival has seen the Cavs installed as the 3/1 favourites to land what would be a first ever NBA Championship for the team.

Cleveland did reach the NBA Finals in 2007 during James’ first spell with the team, while the forward won two series and lost two series during his stint with the Heat.

The Cavs have also picked up a few other big names ahead of the new season, such as Mike Miller, James Jones (both of whom played with James at the Heat) and Kevin Love, while they also have two-time All Star Kyrie Irving on their roster.

The Heat are 33/1 to win the NBA Championship this term, and defending champions San Antonio Spurs are 4/1.

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