LeBron James ‘excited what the future holds’ after team meeting
LeBron James seemed to indicate some issues may have been resolved in a team meeting held Tuesday, saying he’s “excited what the future holds” for the Cleveland Cavaliers going forward.
The Cavaliers have stumbled out of the gate this season to the tune of a 3-4 record, which included three straight losses to the Brooklyn Nets, New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks heading into Wednesday’s showdown with the Indiana Pacers.
The meeting, per reports, primarily revolved around getting all the players on the same page. After all, the Cavaliers have eight new players on the roster this season, including Dwyane Wade, Jeff Green Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder, the latter two who were encouraged to be more assertive.
James clearly viewed the meeting as productive, saying, “Everything happens for a reason.”
“It was needed and we’re receptive, and the best thing about it is guys got out everything that they wanted to, even with it being early in the season,” James said, via Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon. “It was good, so, see how it translates on the floor too.”
Player conditioning apparently was also a topic of conversation at the meeting. On that front, James, due to a sprained ankle, missed almost all of camp, bemoaning it as “probably the worst training camp for me in my career because of the injury.”
“It sounds weird, but to be able to get back into it, get the team going, having that camaraderie, getting back on the floor, getting that system back in place,” James said. “For me to be in and out and much more out that in and to be able to implement what I do, especially with seven new guys, that kind of hurt.”
The calendar has just flipped to November so there’s no reason for the Cavaliers to hit the panic button just yet. There are nevertheless problems that need addressing before a mini-slump to start the season morphs into something more troublesome and long-term.
That said, it’s reasonable to expect that James will get the Cavaliers headed in right direction soon enough.