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Royal Desertions

If Phoenicians felt a cold wind a-blowin' shortly after Sir Steve skipped town, imagine how Clevelanders felt when King James jettisoned maximum hometown dinero and took his talents to South Beach. Two years removed from the notorious "announcement," the Cavaliers are still reeling.

Much like Gentry's fledgling Phoenix Suns squad, this year's Cavs are a team in flux, searching for an identity. But with reigning rookie of the year Kyrie Irving looking to rise from the ashes of torched Lebron jerseys that still litter the streets of C-Town, there might be more than one Phoenix rising in U.S. Airways Center, 201 East Jefferson Street, when these two chippy, young rosters clash. Fun game fact: Suns newcomer Luke Zeller will face-off against his younger brother, Cavs rookie Tyler Zeller, in the Friday, November 9, matchup, although it'll likely be a brotherly bench-warming contest.

Fri., Nov. 9, 7 p.m., 2012


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