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Cleveland fans are eager for the Cavaliers to get back near the top. James never delivered on his pledge to bring them a title, and then crushed their hopes and dreams last summer when he announced on his nationally televised special, dubbed “The Decision,” that he was taking his talents to South Beach.

But the pain has subsided, and the Cavaliers are finally feeling like the worst is behind them.

Irving wants to take them forward.

“I really want to be the cornerstone,” he said, “the piece of the team that they build around and have a lot of great players around.”