Specifically, his fellow Cavaliers teammates. LeBron has invited — and getting an invitation from LeBron is more of a summons — the other Cavs down to Miami for some pre-training camp workouts. Our friend Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer had the scoop.
A few players and coaches have already assembled in Miami while the majority of the team’s roster is expected to arrive towards the middle of the week, one source revealed.
James’ pre-camp is tentatively scheduled to conclude early next week, I’m told….
Now, the four-time MVP is of a new mindset for the upcoming season. Last year he preached patience and did his best to shield his team from heightened expectations. Going into the 2015-16 season, it’s about establishing a sense of urgency, knowing the season won’t be measured a true success unless a Larry O’Brien Trophy is hoisted.
LeBron was smart to tamp down expectations when he first got to Cleveland — the fans in Northeast Ohio are hungry for a title, but LeBron had been down this road before. He knew from his experience in Miami there would be some bumps in getting everyone together and pulling the rope in the same direction. He knew a first-year title was unlikely.
But the second year? Yes, anything short of hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy will be seen as falling short. It’s not fair, it’s incredibly hard to win a title (and some luck has to go your way), but that’s the reality. More will be expected of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, despite the injuries they suffered last season. The Cavs are the clear favorites to come out of the East, but if they relax some team could rise up and smack them. So LeBron is getting his message out early.
Smart. That’s what leaders do.