As LeBron James dons the wine and gold again in 2014-15, Sam Amico gives you the 10 matchups on the Cleveland Cavaliers schedule that you won't want to miss.
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Oct. 30 vs. New York Knicks
It's opening night. It's LeBron James back in Cleveland. It's LeBron with Kyrie Irving and probably Kevin Love. The Cavs could be playing the Dairy Queen East All-Stars and it wouldn't matter. The roof might actually come off the building. Honest. Photo: Steve Mitchell / USA TODAY Sports
Oct. 31 at Chicago Bulls
Last time LeBron was a Cavalier, the Bulls won a game in Cleveland then openly mocked LeBron in the visiting locker room. Later, Bulls center Joakim Noah openly mocked the city of Cleveland. LeBron has returned. The Bulls are an Eastern contender. This rivalry is back. Photo: Steve Mitchell / USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 26 vs. Washington Wizards
The LeBron-led Cavs once made a regular habit of dispatching the Gilbert Arenas-led Wizards from the playoffs. Both teams are much different today, but the Wizards believe they can challenge in the East. They again likely will have to go through LeBron. Photo: Geoff Burke / USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 23 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
The most-discussed trade of the offseason involves the Cavs and Timberwolves, with No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins (among others) and T-Wolves star Kevin Love trading places. If the trade goes through as planned -- and there's no reason to believe it won't -- this will be Wiggins' first game against the Cavs. Seeing what type of reception he receives, and how he plays, will provide some nice holiday season intrigue. Photo: Brad Rempel / USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 25 at Miami Heat
Four straight NBA Finals appearances. Two championships. A strong bond with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and even Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. LeBron may have mixed emotions going into this game — and the hatred from Heat fans likely won't be as loud as it was from Cavs fans back in 2010, these post-LeBron Heat should be much better than those post-LeBron Cavs. This will be a test for all involved.
Jan. 15 at Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron has made two major free-agent decisions, and neither really involved the Lakers. When you're the Lakers, that may feel like disrespect. After all, you're the Lakers -- one of the most storied franchises in sports. But this is mostly intriguing simply because we are running out of chances to see LeBron vs. Kobe. And those meetings are always special. Photo: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports / USA TODAY Sports
Jan. 25 vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Kevin Durant is the reigning MVP. LeBron likely wants that honor back. To do so, LeBron will take on KD & Co. with a younger team than the one he had last season in Miami, with younger stars such as Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and (again, presumably) Kevin Love. In the short term, that gives James a great start at taking that trophy back. In the long term, the younger supporting cast should only prolong James' career, and keep him and Durant friendly rivals for years to come. Photo: Steve Mitchell / USA TODAY Sports
Jan. 31 at Minnesota Timberwolves
Kevin Love, assuming the aforementioned trade takes place, returns to Minnesota on this day. He'll likely need some advice from LeBron on this whole "going back to the city that despises you" business. Despite how athletes often try to downplay it (although LeBron never did), it can be exhausting. And the real Wolves fans will be out and howling. Photo: Steve Mitchell / USA TODAY Sports
Feb. 26 vs. Warriors
Warriors guard Steph Curry says he's a better offensive player than LeBron. By this time, the rest of the NBA likely will have forgotten Curry said that. But LeBron won't, and neither will the forever-rabid Cavs fan base. Better bring your hard hat, kid.
March 12 at San Antonio Spurs
The reigning world champions have had LeBron's number, winning two of their three NBA Finals matchups (including a victory over the Cavs back in 2007). The most recent Spurs’ title was perhaps their most infamous, as well, what with LeBron’s Cramp Game and all. So it would be understandable if James is tired of Tim Duncan (pictured), Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and the gang. And it would be understandable if he starts to really let them know it on the floor.
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