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On Saturday morning, a funeral was held for the late Cleveland Cavaliers broadcaster Fred McLeod, and some members of the organization paid tribute to him by honoring the franchise’s one shining moment. According to reports, those that attended the ceremony who were on that 2016 title team wore their 2016 NBA championship rings. Fred McLeod's […]

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On Saturday morning, a funeral was held for the late Cleveland Cavaliers broadcaster Fred McLeod, and some members of the organization paid tribute to him by honoring the franchise’s one shining moment.

According to reports, those that attended the ceremony who were on that 2016 title team wore their 2016 NBA championship rings.

Although Cavs fans will always associate McLeod with their team, he actually spent the majority of his career with another team.

After spending most of the ’70s and early ’80s as a sportscaster for several networks in different cities, he got his start as a play-by-play announcer on television with the Detroit Pistons in 1984.

He remained with that franchise for 22 years and didn’t make his move to Cleveland until the 2006-07 season, the year the Cavs made their first-ever trip to the NBA Finals.

McLeod was born and raised in Strongsville, Ohio, which is a suburb of Cleveland. As a broadcaster on Fox Sports Ohio, he won three Lower Great Lakes Emmy Awards, all of them in just the past five years.

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Cleveland Indians Honor Fred McLeod With Moment of Silence Before Game https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/09/14/cleveland-indians-honor-fred-mcleod-moment-silence-game/ Sat, 14 Sep 2019 16:42:23 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=40163

The death of Cleveland Cavaliers broadcaster Fred McLeod on Monday sparked an outpouring of tributes from people and organizations across the country. On Friday night, the Cavaliers’ next door neighbors, the Cleveland Indians, took time to pay tribute to McLeod with a moment of silence prior to their scheduled game at Progressive Field on Friday […]

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The death of Cleveland Cavaliers broadcaster Fred McLeod on Monday sparked an outpouring of tributes from people and organizations across the country.

On Friday night, the Cavaliers’ next door neighbors, the Cleveland Indians, took time to pay tribute to McLeod with a moment of silence prior to their scheduled game at Progressive Field on Friday night.

The contest marked the Indians’ first game at home since McLeod’s death. His past connection with the team came back in 1979, when he was part of the franchise’s television broadcasting team for then-local CBS affiliate WJW. At that time, he was also a member of the station’s sports department before leaving for a similar job in the Bay Area.

McLeod found his way back to the Midwest when he became the play-by-play broadcaster for the Detroit Pistons, a job he held for 22 years before becoming the broadcaster for the Cavs in 2006. He was set to begin his 14th year with the team at the time of his death.

Having grown up in the Cleveland area, McLeod was a fan of all Cleveland sports teams. The day before his death, he and his wife Beth were in attendance at the Cleveland Browns’ opening game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

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J.R. Smith Pays Respect to Shaun Livingston After He Announces Retirement https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/09/13/j-r-smith-respect-shaun-livingston-announces-retirement/ Fri, 13 Sep 2019 22:42:57 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=40155

Veteran guard Shaun Livingston announced his retirement from the NBA on Friday, and one player that made sure to pay his respects was former Cleveland Cavaliers star J.R. Smith. Livingston took to social media to make the announcement. View this post on Instagram After 15 years in the NBA, I’m excited, sad, fortunate and grateful […]

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Veteran guard Shaun Livingston announced his retirement from the NBA on Friday, and one player that made sure to pay his respects was former Cleveland Cavaliers star J.R. Smith.

Livingston took to social media to make the announcement.

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After 15 years in the NBA, I’m excited, sad, fortunate and grateful all in one breath. Hard to put into a caption all of the emotions it takes to try and accomplish your dreams. I wasn’t supposed to be here. Anybody that has beat the odds understands the mental and emotional strain it takes to inspire yourself on an uphill war, let alone inspire others. “The injury” gave me a chance to find and prove to myself (and the world) that I wouldn’t be defined by my circumstances. With my time in the League what I will be most proud of is the fact that my character, values and faith were tested, and I persevered. To my pops that told me to “go get the big ball” I THANK YOU. To my Grandpa that always showed me there was more to life than basketball I THANK YOU. To my Uncles that helped raise me like I was one of their own, THANK YOU. To my wife and kids…the future IS BRIGHTER than our past, and I couldn’t see myself taking on this chapter without you. To all of my teammates, coaches, TRAINERS, staff, my journey is a collection of experiences, and those of you that helped me along the way, THANK YOU! To all the fans and anybody else that inspired me, supported me, cheered for me, or even said good words about me, THANK YOU. “The greatest gift we can give is service to others” #Raiseaglass 🍷

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It wasn’t long after Livingston published the post that Smith took to the comments section to quickly show his support for the man and player. Smith was one of many current and former NBA stars to celebrate Livingston’s career.

J.R. Smith and Shaun Livingston

Livingston was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. After a devastating knee injury in 2007, many wondered if Livingston would ever be able to walk again, let alone return to the NBA.

After an arduous rehabilitation, Livingston finally managed to do just that. Following his return to the court, Livingston enjoyed a career as a journeyman until he signed with the Golden State Warriors in the 2014 offseason. It was with the Warriors that he found his home and played a pivotal role in helping the Warriors win three NBA titles. He was ultimately waived by the Warriors earlier this summer.

His journey from the deepest depths of the sport to the highest of highs is a perfect encapsulation of why both players and fans love Livingston.

As for Smith, he too is currently without an NBA team. While he does not seem close to announcing his own retirement, there is little doubt that when that day does eventually come, he will be met with a similar outpouring of love and support from his colleagues.

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Report: Cavs Insider Ranks Team’s 5 Most Valuable Trade Pieces https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/09/13/report-cavs-insider-ranks-teams-5-most-valuable-trade-pieces/ Fri, 13 Sep 2019 15:37:50 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=40150

The Cleveland Cavaliers will enter the 2019-20 season still in the early stages of a massive rebuilding project that will undoubtedly reshape the roster for both this season and beyond. One Cavaliers insider indicates that there are a number of top candidates who may be dealt by February’s trade deadline. Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com answered […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will enter the 2019-20 season still in the early stages of a massive rebuilding project that will undoubtedly reshape the roster for both this season and beyond.

One Cavaliers insider indicates that there are a number of top candidates who may be dealt by February’s trade deadline.

Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com answered questions on different topics, with one fan asking about exactly who is most likely to be sent to another team.

“The Cavs have a few trade candidates,” Fedor said. “It starts with the players on expiring contracts. There are five of them: Jordan Clarkson, Tristan Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova, John Henson and Brandon Knight.

“The Cavs have to weigh a few different things with each. First, they need to identify which players, if any, could stay beyond this year on lesser, more team-friendly deals. None of those five are considered core pieces.

“But that doesn’t mean they don’t have value to the organization. Then, the Cavs have to determine if that value — on the floor and off — is meaningful enough to resist dealing them away for future assets. After doing that, the Cavs have to identify which can bring back the most in return.

“In terms of that, I’d rank it this way: Clarkson, Thompson, Henson, Dellavedova and Knight.

“Around the deadline, contending teams will be trying to find cheap help. While some of these salary numbers are high, including Thompson’s $18.5 million, the acquiring team will be able to use him for a playoff push and not limit off-season salary flexibility because he’s essentially a rental. Plus, the trade cost wouldn’t be exorbitant.

“The Cavs would likely just want a draft pick or two, probably settling for a pair of second-rounders unless they are willing to take back a bad contract, just like they did with Milwaukee (Dellavedova and Henson) and Houston (Knight), getting the return bumped to a first-round pick.”

Clarkson is coming off the best season of his NBA career and only turned 27 in June. He’s set to make $13.4 million this season and if he’s able to match or improve on last year’s numbers, his price tag is likely to jump out of the Cavaliers’ range.

Thompson is now 28 and has had two consecutive injury-plagued years. His 2019-20 salary isn’t really justified by his lack of scoring (9.2 career average), which undoubtedly means that the Cavs will not be offering him a similar extension.

Henson, who turns 29 in December, is in the unique position of having never played for the team after being acquired last December. Injuries kept him off the court, while his mediocre career statistical numbers of 7.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game make his $9.7 million contract for this year a luxury the Cavaliers don’t need.

The 29-year-old Dellavedova remains a fan favorite in Cleveland, though his $9.6 million salary for the upcoming campaign isn’t too popular with the front office. He provides plenty of veteran leadership, but has career numbers of just 6.0 points and 3.7 assists per game.

Finally, Knight was once the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. However, injuries have largely robbed the 27-year-old veteran of his best attributes, with his 27 games with the Cavs resulting in averages of 8.5 points, 2.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game. Numbers like that make the costly expense of his $15.6 million contract this year something the team won’t come close to offering after next next season.

Since nearly five months remain until the trade deadline, there’s no rush to deal any of the players. The Cavaliers will simply wait and hope some team makes an inviting offer at some point.

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Sports Illustrated Ranks Kevin Love in Top 50 of Best NBA Players of 2020 List https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/09/12/kevin-love-ranks-top-50-sports-illustrateds-top-100-nba-players-list/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 21:08:33 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=40140

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is set to begin his fifth season with the team and his first under the four-year, $120 million contract extension he signed in 2018. That high price indicates his value to the team, with Sports Illustrated ranking him among the top 50 players in the NBA. Sports Illustrated ranked Love […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is set to begin his fifth season with the team and his first under the four-year, $120 million contract extension he signed in 2018. That high price indicates his value to the team, with Sports Illustrated ranking him among the top 50 players in the NBA.

Sports Illustrated ranked Love 41st overall, placing him just ahead of Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol and immediately behind Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams. That was followed by an analysis of why Love is an asset for the Cavs.

“The 2018-19 season was Kevin Love’s worst as a Cavalier, a confluence of injury, apathy, and a franchise reboot,” Rob Mahoney wrote. “Much of that was to be expected; most players, even stars, tend not to do their best work on teams going nowhere. Cleveland didn’t have much to play for, and after starting their season 2–14, there wasn’t a rush for Love (who underwent toe surgery last November) to return or to even play well.

“So Love took his time, as he should, played below his standard as he worked his way back, and still made the Cavs dramatically better when he was on the floor. There’s no reason to expect that Love would shoot so poorly (38.5 percent from the field) again—particularly if healthy and given any reason to compete.

“Ultimately, this is still a star forward with a lot left to offer. Love is the rare stretch four that costs a team nothing in terms of rebounding. While playing on a surgically repaired foot last season, Love still posted a rebound rate that would have ranked in the top five. Even more important: Love is more than just an endpoint shooter.

“Too many stretch bigs are dead in the water if an opponent actually closes on their jumper, stranded by a lack of reliable ball skills. Not so with Love, who could be a playmaking fulcrum for an offense if needed, or a spacer, or an occasional post threat. The power of his game lies in that optionality. If you have a megawatt playmaker like LeBron James on the roster, Love fills one role. If you don’t, he likely fills another that’s no less valuable.”

Love played in just 22 games last season, including four at the start of the 2018-19 campaign before his surgery sidelined him until the week before the All-Star break. In those early contests, he scored 76 points and grabbed 54 rebounds, though his shooting touch was adversely affected by the health problem. He connected on just 21-of-65 from the field for a weak shooting percentage of 32.3 percent.

Now entering his 12th season in the NBA, Love has averaged a double-double over the course of his career. During his five seasons with the Cavaliers, his averages have been 17.1 points and 10.0 rebounds, while adding 2.1 assists per contest.

Love’s value to the Cavaliers will hopefully be in evidence throughout the season, with the team seeking to avoid a repeat of its 19-63 campaign last year. Given the Cavs’ current rebuilding approach, he could find himself on the trading block if another team entices the Cavaliers with multiple assets for the future.

It’s a familiar position that he’s found himself in almost from the time he arrived five years ago, so he doesn’t figure to be negatively affected by such talk.

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Ben Simmons Clowns Darius Garland’s NBA 2K20 Player via Social Media https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/09/12/ben-simmons-clowns-darius-garland-nba-2k20-social-media/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 17:49:57 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=40127

After showing off his range and handles during a training session with Chris Johnson recently, Darius Garland is getting his virtual image used hilariously by Ben Simmons on his Instagram story. The image appears to be from NBA 2K20, which captured Garland’s features too well, perhaps. Garland’s mood in the game seems too intense, giving […]

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After showing off his range and handles during a training session with Chris Johnson recently, Darius Garland is getting his virtual image used hilariously by Ben Simmons on his Instagram story.

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The image appears to be from NBA 2K20, which captured Garland’s features too well, perhaps. Garland’s mood in the game seems too intense, giving Simmons something to use to prank the Cleveland Cavaliers rookie.

Garland responded by taking a screenshot of the post from Simmons and using it in his own Instagram story, playfully calling the Philadelphia 76ers guard a “jerk.”

On Sunday, Garland impressed both Simmons and Johnson, a renowned NBA trainer, with his ridiculous handles and shooting ability during a workout. The 6-foot-2 guard’s incredible shot-making video was posted by Johnson on Instagram and it showed Simmons gushing over how good the 19-year old is.

The 76ers star has been working out with Johnson all summer long. One of his goals is to improve his outside shooting, but seeing Garland knock down shot after shot may have shown Simmons how far he is from being a deadeye shooter.

Garland’s performance should give Cavs fans hope that they have a potential Rookie of the Year candidate on their hands.

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Cavs Owner Dan Gilbert Pens Emotional Statement After Passing of Fred McLeod https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/09/11/cavs-dan-gilbert-issues-statement-passing-fred-mcleod/ Wed, 11 Sep 2019 20:06:27 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=40121

The shocking death of Cleveland Cavaliers broadcaster Fred McLeod on Monday night led to an outpouring of emotional tributes to the popular broadcaster yesterday. On Wednesday, the man who hired McLeod for that job, Cavs majority owner Dan Gilbert, issued a statement that expressed the deep sadness that he and his family had regarding McLeod’s […]

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The shocking death of Cleveland Cavaliers broadcaster Fred McLeod on Monday night led to an outpouring of emotional tributes to the popular broadcaster yesterday.

On Wednesday, the man who hired McLeod for that job, Cavs majority owner Dan Gilbert, issued a statement that expressed the deep sadness that he and his family had regarding McLeod’s passing.

“Fred McLeod was truly a one-of-a-kind person and friend,” the Gilbert family statement read. “Words cannot express our feelings as we think about the many special memories we have of Fred and a relationship that spans four decades. We will miss him tremendously.

“Fred was not only a great broadcaster and communicator that informed, explained and entertained, but he passionately embodied the Cavaliers ‘All for One. One for All.’ DNA in every aspect of his life.

“He had the gift of connecting with everyone he interacted with and leaving them feeling happier, stronger, more positive, and valued. Fred has left an impactful, lasting legacy in Cleveland, Detroit and beyond.

“Our family extends our deepest and warmest sympathies to Fred’s entire family, including his wonderful wife Beth, mother Marilyn, sister Lynn, and his three children, Sean, Jenna, Molly and each of their families.”

Gilbert became the Cavaliers’ majority owner in 2005 and hired McLeod the following year as the team’s play-by-play man on their television broadcasts. A native of Detroit, Gilbert was familiar with McLeod’s work in that department, since the broadcaster had served in a similar role for the Detroit Pistons for more than two decades.

While the start of the 2019-20 NBA regular season is just six weeks away, it’s unlikely that the Cavaliers will undertake any immediate search for McLeod’s replacement. That will likely begin once McLeod has been laid to rest.

Gilbert’s own health has been a source of concern over the past four months after having spent the summer in recovery from a stroke that he suffered in late May. There have only been a few updates regarding his condition since he was first hospitalized, with no timetable given regarding his return to the team.

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Austin Carr Can’t Hold Back Tears When Discussing Partnership With Fred McLeod https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/09/11/austin-carr-cant-back-tears-discussing-partnership-fred-mcleod/ Wed, 11 Sep 2019 14:51:42 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=40107

Austin Carr couldn’t contain his emotions as he talked about his partnership and friendship with Fred McLeod, who died on Tuesday. In an interview with WKYC’s Nick Camino, Carr was understandably emotional when he was asked about how the past 12 hours had been for him. Carr is the Cleveland Cavaliers’ color commentator for Fox […]

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Austin Carr couldn’t contain his emotions as he talked about his partnership and friendship with Fred McLeod, who died on Tuesday.

In an interview with WKYC’s Nick Camino, Carr was understandably emotional when he was asked about how the past 12 hours had been for him.

Carr is the Cleveland Cavaliers’ color commentator for Fox Sports Ohio, while McLeod handled the play-by-play duties on the broadcast. For 13 years, Carr and McLeod covered the Cavs through thick and thin.

“It’s gonna be tough,” Carr said tearfully. “I lost a very good friend. He’s like a brother to me. He taught me so much about the business, how to prepare for games because when I came into it I’d done a lot of NCAA stuff but not professionally.

“He’s such a professional. He was such a prepared person that I couldn’t slack off because I had to be with him and be up to date with him. I’m gonna miss him terribly and it’s going to be tough.”

Carr also spoke about how McLeod was generous with the knowledge he had gained from years of broadcasting.

“He was a great person as well as being a great broadcaster doing his job,” Carr told Camino. “He was willing to share that. Here I am coming in, an ex-player, I’ve done college, and he shared all of his knowledge with me to help me become better. And that to me was what he was about.”

Throughout the interview, Carr couldn’t hold back the tears as he remembered his colleague. More than just workmates, he and McLeod were friends on and off the air.

“The one thing that I’ve realized, if you’re not friends it comes out over the air and if you are friends it comes out over the air,” Carr said. “And you know that. You have to feel for each other. I knew what he was going to say before he said it and vice versa. And that’s what made it so, I enjoyed coming to work.”

Since the news came out of McLeod’s passing, current and former Cavs have shared their thoughts on the broadcaster via social media.

Those who followed the Wine and Gold over the years will no doubt notice a difference in the broadcast booth, where McLeod’s joy and passion were evident in his voice.

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Kevin Durant Says He Was Never One of Warriors, Calls Kyrie Irving ‘Best Friend’ in Entire League https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/09/10/kevin-durant-warriors-kyrie-irving-best-friend-entire-nba/ Tue, 10 Sep 2019 20:21:18 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=40093

Kevin Durant, one of the most misunderstood athletes in team sports, opened up recently, saying that his closest friend in the league is none other than Kyrie Irving. Durant shared his thoughts and feelings about the NBA to the Wall Street Journal‘s J.R. Moehringer. The former MVP left the Golden State Warriors this offseason to […]

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Kevin Durant, one of the most misunderstood athletes in team sports, opened up recently, saying that his closest friend in the league is none other than Kyrie Irving.

Durant shared his thoughts and feelings about the NBA to the Wall Street Journal‘s J.R. Moehringer. The former MVP left the Golden State Warriors this offseason to join Irving on the Brooklyn Nets.

Interestingly, despite spending three years with the Warriors, he didn’t necessarily feel that he belonged on that team.

“I came in there wanting to be part of a group, wanting to be part of a family, and definitely felt accepted,” Durant said. “But I’ll never be one of those guys. I didn’t get drafted there. … Steph Curry, obviously drafted there. Andre Iguodala, won the first Finals, first championship. Klay Thompson, drafted there. Draymond Green, drafted there. And the rest of the guys kind of rehabilitated their careers there. So me? S—, how you going to rehabilitate me? What you going to teach me? How can you alter anything in my basketball life? I got an MVP already. I got scoring titles.”

Though he said all the right things while he was in Golden State, Durant knew that there was something different about him, and the media played a huge part in isolating him from the rest of the Warriors.

“As time went on, I started to realize I’m just different from the rest of the guys,” Durant added. “It’s not a bad thing. Just my circumstances and how I came up in the league. And on top of that, the media always looked at it like KD and the Warriors. So it’s like nobody could [give] a full acceptance of me there.”

When he mentioned Irving, however, Durant called the former Cleveland Cavaliers guard his “best friend in the league.” Though they played on opposite teams, it appears that the two players have a more friendly relationship off the court.

Now that they’re both with the Nets, their friendship should help in developing their on-court chemistry once Durant is fully recovered from the Achilles injury he suffered in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

But unless Durant can miraculously come back before the playoffs, Irving will be carrying much of the leadership and scoring load for the Nets for the 2019-20 season.

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LeBron James, Channing Frye, and Cavs Players Respond to Passing of Fred McLeod https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/09/10/lebron-james-channing-frye-current-cavs-players-respond-passing-fred-mcleod/ Tue, 10 Sep 2019 16:26:07 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=40084

The entire Cleveland Cavaliers organization woke up on Tuesday morning to shocking news. The Cavs’ longtime play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod passed away Monday evening, the team announced. Both current and former Cavs players quickly took to social media to send their respectful condolences to McLeod’s family. Fred had one of those infectious smiles and personalities […]

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The entire Cleveland Cavaliers organization woke up on Tuesday morning to shocking news. The Cavs’ longtime play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod passed away Monday evening, the team announced.

Both current and former Cavs players quickly took to social media to send their respectful condolences to McLeod’s family.

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One of the first athletes to respond was Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James. The former Cavs icon was extremely sad and surprised to hear the news before sending his thoughts and prayers to the family.

Moments after sending his first message, James posted a video of the very moment McLeod named the Cavs 2016 NBA champs. In the video, McLeod’s passion for the team and skill as an announcer are both on full display.

McLeod will forever be missed. He will also forever be a part of the deeply connected Cavs family.

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