Fear the Links - 10/7/09 - Cavaliers tip-off Pre-Season with 92-87 win

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CLEVELAND.COM

LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal get in a little teamwork as Cavaliers win exhibition opener, 92-87, over Charlotte Bobcats(Brian Windhorst, Cleveland.com)
If their first time on the floor together was any indication, LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal fully intend to become a formidable 1-2 punch.

The game wasn't real, but the anticipation sure is for the Cavaliers(Terry Pluto, Cleveland.com)
It's still hard to believe, Shaquille O'Neal in a Cavaliers uniform.

Exhibition game vs. Greek team may take back seat to lawsuit(Brian Windhorst, Cleveland.com)
Exhibition games are supposed to be for practice not for international incidents, but the latter is brewing in Cleveland. Next Monday, the Cavs are scheduled to welcome Olympiakos, a Greek team from the Euroleague visiting the United States on a goodwill tour. But Olympiakos has more business than just basketball in Ohio and as wild as it may seem, there's a chance they could lose everything they bring with them from uniforms to computers to travelers' checks.

Rookie Danny Green playing with another winner(Cleveland.com)
If the Cleveland Cavaliers are to achieve their goal of an NBA championship this season, it's going to take more than the nine or 10 guys who will be in the regular rotation.

Shaq and Z are centers of attention(Starting Blocks, cleveland.com)
Shaquille O'Neal will start at center for the Cleveland Cavaliers this coming season, and that means previous starter Zydrunas Ilgauskas will come off the bench. It's a different role for Ilgauskas, but O'Neal is taking a tag-team approach.

OHIO.COM

Cavs off to a strong start(George Thomas, Ohio.com)
Cavaliers fans finally got a look at what life will be like on the court when LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal play together.

LeBron follows drama between buddy, Braylon Edwards(George Thomas, Ohio.com)
An early morning incident involving Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards got the attention of Cavaliers forward LeBron James.

MORNING JOURNAL/NEWS-HERALD

LeBron, Shaq make preseason debut(Bob Finnan, MorningJournal.com)
Cavaliers guard Delonte West will take an excused leave of absence from the team for a few days this week.

OTHER

Cavaliers are a confident bunch, print NBA Finals tickets(Ball Don't Lie)
For a sports city that's experienced their fair share of championship droughts, collapses and "curses" — see: The Catch, The Fumble, The Shot, etc. — the Cleveland Cavaliers sure are a confident bunch when it comes to reading tea leaves and printing tickets.

Cavaliers showcase James-O'Neal duo; West is out of sight(Seattle Times Newspaper)
LeBron James, last season's league most valuable player, and Shaquille O'Neal, previously with Phoenix, made their first public appearance together as Cleveland Cavaliers teammates.

Charlotte Bobcats vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - Recap(ESPN.com)
So much for getting to know each other. The LeBron and Shaq Show is off and running.

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