Five storylines to watch for this NBA season

Fri Oct 24, 2014 4:19pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Five storylines to follow during the 2014-15 National Basketball Association season:

I'M COMING HOME: All seems in harmony again in the basketball universe as LeBron James returns home to gritty Cleveland and the Cavaliers after a four-year run with the Miami Heat that included two NBA crowns.

Public enemy No. 1 in Cleveland after going on national TV in 2010 to say he was "taking my talents to South Beach," James received a hero's homecoming when he re-signed with the Cavs, ready to deliver the NBA title he failed to do during his first stint with the team.

James' return along with the arrival of All-Star Kevin Love through a blockbuster trade with Minnesota elevated Cleveland to championship contenders but will it be enough to bring Cleveland its first major championship title in any sport in 50 years?

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THE HEAT IS ON: The other two members of Miami's 'Big Three' Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are back but a fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals will not be as easy without four-time league Most Valuable Player LeBron James leading the way.

Without James, the expectations will not be quite as sky-high in Miami this season but with the addition of Luol Deng spoiled Heat fans will still expect to be in the title hunt.

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