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Fans welcome back Steve Lavin

Updated: October 15, 2012, 1:01 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Steve Lavin returned to the bench at Carnesecca Arena on Friday night, the latest step in his comeback from cancer.

Lavin received a rousing round of applause from the crowd of 3,158 upon being introduced, along with his new St. John's team, as part of the school's 2012 Red Storm Tip-Off event -- celebrating the first day of practice of the college basketball season.

"Feeding off the players' energy was an uplifting experience," Lavin said. "Just how hyped they were and ...

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