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LeBron James: This is Kyrie Irving's show

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There have been questions about how teammates will be willing to share the ball in Cleveland with the team's new powerhouse lineup.

There were similar questions as LeBron headed to Miami.

But the superstar did everything he could to calm down those anticipating it could be an issue as LeBron pairs with FIBA World Cup MVP Kyrie Irving.

"I'll probably handle the ball a little bit, but this is Kyrie [Irving's] show," ESPN.com quoted James as saying after Saturday's first practice. "He's our point guard. He's our floor general, and we need him to put us in position to succeed offensively. He has to demand that and command that from us with him handling the ball."

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LeBron showed he can share with Wade

This setup isn't extremely different than the setup in Miami, where Dwyane Wade and LeBron were able to share and work together well while winning multiple championships.

"Coming back, my [Sports Illustrated] letter kind of spoke for it, what this city and Northeast Ohio, what I mean to it. That had a lot to do with it, probably 95 percent of it. And the fact that Kyrie was here as well. That's a huge part," James said after the practice. "I've never played with a point guard like Kyrie Irving, a guy that can kind of take over a game for himself. We need it. So, that was a huge thing and that was way before we even got [Kevin] Love and signed Mike Miller and Trix (Shawn Marion) and the rest of the guys. That was very intriguing."

Everything is happy

LeBron isn't really a guy who causes turmoil where he goes. Guys like being his teammate, for good reason. Yeah, he hogs the attention. But he also is fine sharing the ball and deferring to teammates.

For his part, Irving is happy to share the ballhandling duties.

"I'll be ready to shoot every single time," Irving said on Saturday. "If I'm off the ball, I'm ready to shoot. Whatever it takes. Whatever it takes to win. Obviously he's the greatest player playing the game right now, so if he's on the ball, like I said, I'll be ready to shoot. But if I'm on the ball, my job is to get everybody involved and make plays."

As far as what their coach thinks, he's happy to have two talented guys who are able to mold themselves for whatever situation arises.

"I've never been one to pay particular attention to the position definition," Cavaliers coach David Blatt was quoted as saying. "I like to play with ball guards. You could easily define LeBron as a ball guard, as well as Dion [Waiters] as well as Kyrie and others."

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Eastern Conference
NBA
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
LeBron James
Kyrie Irving

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