Kevin Love, picking up the offensive slack with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving out, scored 25 points and Dion Waiters added 23, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 106-100 exhibition win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.
CLEVELAND - Even young Cleveland fans know what LeBron James did to the city when he made his "decision."
In the summer of 2010, LeBron infamously declared his intentions to "take his talents" to South Beach in a nationally-televised special.
Hearts were broken.
Jerseys and various pieces of LeBron-related apparel were burned.
Three years later, the Cavs have a new face of the franchise: guard Kyrie Irving.
In his first two seasons, Irving has won the NBA's rookie of the year and earned a trip to the all-star game.
So, he's off to a good start in Cleveland, which has some jilted fans wondering if he's going to jolt like LeBron did when his rookie contract expires. Irving reassured a group of kids at an event that he wouldn't.
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Irving will not be a free agent until 2015.
The Cavs tip off their 2013 season Oct. 30 in Cleveland vs. the Brooklyn Nets.
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