Larry Nance Jr. has played only two games, so far, as a teammate of LeBron James.
However, he’s seen enough to form an opinion.
“It’s hard to miss a defensive coverage when you’ve got somebody behind you yelling it for you,” Nance said of James after the Cavaliers won at Oklahoma City, 120-112, on Tuesday night. “He sees everything on the court, offensively and defensively. Offensively, he can tell where to go, no matter what position.
“So he’s been integral to my joining the team, but he’s not probably the best player of this era. He is.”
Nance, who had 13 points and team-highs in rebounds (9, including 8 on the offensive end) and blocked shots (3), along with fellow members of The New 4 — Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood and George Hill — are being pushed, and directed, by James.
They’re doing it as they and their new teammates attempt to acclimate themselves to one another and in integrate their abilities into what the Cavaliers (34-22) are attempting to do in the 26 games remains on their regular-season schedule.
“I’m trying to fast-track it and help the guys out on the floor, because some of the things that we’re doing they’re not used to — offensively and defensively,” James said. “So my voice has to be heard. Some things we could do on the fly with the guys that we had to start the season or in the past because we kind of knew the system.
“Right now, I’m trying to fast-track it and make sure that the new guys are always hearing me behind them on the defensive end and offensively they know where to go. So I’m just trying to do my part and lead them the best way I can.”