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Lebron James, Carmello Anthony Rivalry
Cleveland's LeBron James and Denver's Carmelo Anthony can't wait for the
"I'm looking forward to it," said James, the Cavaliers'
"You know there's going to be a lot of hype," Anthony said.
More than 20,000 fans, a national TV audience and more media than have
ever covered a game in Gund Arena, will witness the Cavaliers' home opener against the
It also will be James' regular-season home debut, and the former Akron
high school superstar - and No. 1 NBA draft pick - wants to put on a good show.
"A lot of people are going to be here," said James, who has
averaged 18 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.7 assists in three games. "I'm just here to
show the city of Cleveland that we're a way, way, way better team than we were last
James grew up about 50 kilometres away, and he's expecting a large
contingent of family and friends to be on hand: "Half of Akron," he says.
James and Anthony last faced each other in high school and have been
trying to downplay any rivalry - old or new.
"A lot of people are going to portray it as a LeBron-Carmelo game, but it's a Nuggets vs. Cavaliers game, and we're trying to go out there and win," Anthony said. "It's going to be on everybody's front page. I know that already. As long as I go in there with the mind-set of just trying to win, nothing can hold me back."