Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(INDEPENDENCE, Ohio) — LeBron James learned a lot about himself and the way to win during his time with Miami.
James, who made four NBA Finals and took home two titles during his time in Miami, admitted on Friday that things will take time to develop chemistry between himself, Kyrie Irving, and All-Star Kevin Love.
“Patience,” James said. “You need to be very patient with the process and understand. I think everyone always wants to see the end result and what’s at the end of the tunnel, and don’t quite understand what goes on from the start to the finish and what’s in between that. And I understand that and I know that, so patience is the biggest thing that I’ve learned.”
Cavaliers first-year head coach David Blatt is confident in his roster, but still knows that in the end it comes down to hard work.
“There are a lot of great names that have come into the organization … but I know from my multiple years of experience in the business that names don’t play, teams do, and teams do need some time to develop, to find their identity, to establish themselves, and to establish what they’re made of,” Blatt said. “Our goals are high. We’re not shying away from that. Does that mean championship today? I don’t know. I don’t know if that’s fair.”
Love understands that the rest of the league will gunning for them.
“Nothing is going to be given to us,” Love said. “A lot of people want to say, ‘Championship or bust,’ and sure, that’s going to be a good mentality to have because we want the pressure on us. We want people to look at us as one of the best teams because we’re going to have to hold ourselves accountable for everything that we do with our actions on and off the floor. But I’m looking forward to building with this team.”
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