LeBron's status for season opener vs. Celtics still unclear

Key dates for NBA's opening week

Wednesday: The new-look Timberwolves open their season at San Antonio in a nationally televised game (8:30 p.m., ESPN, FSN). As most hoops fans know, "Uncle Drew", as he has came to be known, played a key role in Cleveland's 2016 championship run.

"The Cavaliers intend to honor Kyrie Irving on Tuesday night with a video tribute during Cleveland's season-opening tilt against Irving's Boston Celtics".

Irving, now 25 years of age, has publicly given thanks to the city of Cleveland.

"According to a team source, the video is a "thank you" to Irving meant to show appreciation for all he accomplished in six seasons here", reads's Vardon's Monday morning report regarding the matter.

Additionally, Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue was recently asked how he thought the crowd would react to the immediate return of the former Cleveland signal caller. "Whatever decision they make, that's the right one".

But Lue feels that due to their summer moves, the team is now better equipped to deal with his absence, unlike the last three years where they were just 4-23 without the four-time MVP in the lineup.

"I don't think they really pose a big threat to us", shooting guard J.R. Smith told reporters on Monday. "So whatever they decide to do, I embrace whatever they do".

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