LeBron James, in his first stint with the Cavaliers, tried and failed to recruit Michael Redd, Joe Johnson and Chris Bosh to Cleveland.
His second term with the Cavaliers has gone much better on that front. LeBron has successfully lured Kevin Love, Shawn Marion, Mike Miller and James Jones.
LeBron is a proven NBA champion, one of the best players of all time and an unselfish teammate. Of course, players want to join him, but everyone likes to be wooed a little bit.
How has LeBron convinced those players to join up?
As soon as James committed to return, he immediately recruited Love, Miller, Jones, Marion and Allen, who has yet to decide whether he’s going to play this season. James’ sales pitch: “It was nothing really,” he said. “Either you want to play here or you don’t.”
No wonder LeBron didn’t get any stars to join him in Cleveland the first time. That’s a terrible sales pitch.
Hopefully, that’s just LeBron being evasive with the media. He might want to keep his sales pitch private.
Otherwise, landing Love, Marion, Miller and Jones was a total fluke and the Cavaliers will run into problems down the road.