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CLEVELAND - The crowds deafening roar was so loud LeBron James couldnt hear his name announced. Air Max Scontate Online .Unsure of whether to walk out onto the floor, he looked around and realized he was the last one left on the bench.Seconds later, James knew he was home.Cleveland fans welcomed the NBA superstar back with open arms and ear-splitting screams on Wednesday night as nearly 17,000 fans showed up to watch the Cavaliers hold their annual scrimmage, a glorified practice that provided a preview of what could become a spectacular season.Wearing the familiar No. 23 wine and gold jersey, the one he swapped for a No. 6 in Miami four years ago, James returned to the court where he took his first steps as a pro.As he waited on the bench to be introduced, James couldnt hear the announcer say, From Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, No. 23 ... So James began walking out.I really couldnt hear it, he said. The fans were really loud and the PA was a little down, so I really couldnt 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 Im grateful to be able to be in this position where the fans welcomed me back like that.This ovation was in stark contrast to the one he got following the last game James in played for Cleveland in 2010. Following a 27-point loss to Boston in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, a game in which he was oddly passive, James was targeted with boos and later questioned about his effort.Two months later, he announced he was signing with the Heat.But all has been forgiven, if not forgotten.For Cleveland fans, the sight of James once again on the Cavs home floor, soaring to the basket for a dunk or catching an outlet pass from new teammate Kevin Love, was something to behold.I cant believe this, said 19-year-old Alex Krocker from Bolivar, Ohio. Ive waited my whole life for a Cavs team like this, for a Cleveland team like this. Its crazy.Moments after the opening tip, James, who in a heartfelt letter declared he was re-signing with the Cavs on July 11, reminded Cleveland fans what theyve been missing. He was short with his first shot, a fade-away baseline jumper. But he grabbed his own rebound and calmly sank a 3-pointer.He followed that with a two-handed dunk and later drove the lane for one his signature slams, the kind of play that has elevated him to the worlds best player.The Cavs gave away 20,000 free tickets for the event and the team announced 16,723 showed up to watch the Wine squad beat the Gold 66-52. James scored 13 points, Kyrie Irving added 10 and Love had nine, but the numbers didnt matter.This was another first in a season of homecoming events for James.Before the Cavs took the court for pregame warmups, James gathered his teammates in a hallway outside the locker room and led them in prayer. He told them to play hard and play smart. Lets get better today.As they were about to exit the tunnel, James pulled a prank on unsuspecting rookies Joe Harris and Alex Kirk. James told the two youngsters to lead the team out, and when they started toward the court, the superstar held the rest of the Cavs back, leading to an embarrassing moment for Harris and Kirk.It was a good laugh, Harris said.While the Cavs were on the floor, first-year Cavs coach David Blatt was encouraged by the teams ball movement but knows the defence has a long way to go before its at a championship level.Overall the impression was positive, said Blatt, who started James, Irving and Love along with Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters but hasnt committed to his first five. For me, you have starters and second starters, thats what makes teams good.Blatt has James, and thats all that matters.A successful international coach, Blatt will face his former team, Maccabi Tel Aviv on Sunday in the Cavs first official exhibition game. Its sure to be an emotional night for Blatt, who has witnessed Cleveland warmly wrap its arms around James again.Its a very special group of people who live here that appreciate things about people and about life that are admirable, he said. Im not surprised at all at how he has been received. Air Max Scontate Outlet .com) - Ryan Miller made 28 saves to record his fifth shutout of the season and second in as many nights as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 on Friday. Air Max 270 Outlet . He also had some help Monday night.Hibbert scored a season-high 29 points to help Indiana beat the Utah Jazz 97-86 Monday night, ending the Pacers six-game losing streak. BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Traction remains hard to come by for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Wednesdays 0-0 Major League Soccer draw with Chicago at Toyota Park was the Whitecaps 11th of the season and fourth straight. Still Vancouver coach Carl Robinson, whose team is now 6-4-11, 29 points, wasnt entirely displeased with the effort. "Were disappointed because I think it was a game we could have won," he said. "(But) the boys showed a lot of blood and guts and thunder, they couldnt have given me any more effort. "Well take the draw because the performance, the effort was there and we move on." Each team managed just two official shots on goal, one in each half. For Chicago (3-5-12, 21 points) the draw was a league-leading 12th, just four away from the all-time MLS record of 16 shared by the Fire and New York Red Bulls. "I thought we did well tonight other than maybe winning the game, maybe the most solid weve looked," said Fire coach Frank Yallop, the former Canadian nationaal team chief now in his first year with Chicago. Air Max Outlet Italia. "We limited a pretty potent team to a couple of chances. (But) we didnt look as dangerous as I think weve looked at home at times." The Whitecaps had an opportunity in the 49th minute when a sprinting Erik Hurtado crossed directly in front of Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson but couldnt find a target. Hurtado had both of Vancouvers shots on goal. Fire forward Mike Magees free kick in the 64th minute following a yellow card on Whitecaps defender Johnny Leveron was bottled up in traffic. Wednesdays game was only the fifth all-time meeting between the teams and third in suburban Chicago. The Whitecaps were coming off a record 30 shots while rallying to a 2-2 result with FC Dallas last Sunday. Vancouver hasnt won since a 1-0 decision over Seattle on July 5 and have just two victories since June 1. They remain winless in Chicago with a loss and two ties. Vancouver is idle until Aug. 10 when it hosts Sporting Kansas City. ' ' '

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