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LeBron James summons Cavs teammates to Miami for pre-camp training


LeBron James clearly eager to wash the bitter taste out of his mouth after losing to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals as he has summoned his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates to Miami for a pre-camp round of training, reports Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Chris Haynes.

James, in his role as the team’s de facto player-coach-general manager, apparently is so focused on preparing his teammates for a run at an NBA title he cannot wait until the Cavaliers open camp on Sept. 29.

Haynes reports that a “few” players and coaches have already arrived in Miami and the rest of the roster is expected to arrive sometime later this week. There is no confirmation how long James’ training session will last, but it is expected to wrap up early next week according to sources.

James, despite the disappointing end to last season — which he apparently hasn’t quite gotten over — previously expressed excitement about envisioning what the team can accomplish, as evidenced by an Instagram post two weeks ago when he alluded to Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving while writing, “Man I can’t wait to get back on the floor again with you two guys! Last year was just a sample size of what we’re capable of and I’m so hyped thinking about what’s next.”

James seemingly is ascribing to the belief that if the Cavaliers don’t win the NBA title the season will be a failure. The fact that he’s rounding up his teammates to begin preparations in earnest three weeks early speaks volumes, and it is resonating with his teammates.

“I think it’s great what LeBron is doing,” said Cavs guard Joe Harris. “LeBron is the leader of our team. He’s setting the tone and wants to make sure we’re getting work in and going into camp with the same attitude and mentality. He’s focused and wants to make sure we’re all on the same page. He’s on a mission.”

And absent of he and his teammates hoisting of the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy next summer, it will all be for naught according to King James.