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When LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers the first time in 2010, the franchise was in complete shock that he bolted for South Beach and wasn’t prepared for his departure.
The Cavs went 19-63 during the 2010-11 season and won just 97 games from 2010-14 before James returned in the summer of 2014.
Channing Frye, who was part of the 2016 championship team, re-signed with the Cavs this summer on a one-year deal and believes the organization is in a better place than it was when James first left Cleveland.
“The first time him leaving was one thing. But the second time the team was way more prepared,” Frye told Erik Garcia Gunderson of LeBron Wire. “I think the fact they still gave Kevin [Love] that big contract, they’re trying to sign some young guys. We have a nice solid core of guys that have been in the trenches, but are still growing themselves. It’s going to be awesome to see. I think the Cleveland fans are going to be surprised because everyone doesn’t take us seriously.
“When he left the first time, it was a bunch of young guys and rookies and a different coach. Now you got a championship coach with a championship pedigree team, we’re not just resetting the clock. We’re just taking it back a little bit to compete and contend for the next 5-10 years.”
Along with Love and Frye, the Cavs’ roster has veterans such as Kyle Korver, George Hill, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson. Throw in some young guys like Collin Sexton, Larry Nance Jr., Cedi Osman and Sam Dekker, and it’s not hard to see why Frye says this Cavs team is much more talented than the 2010 squad.