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Apparently, you don’t need LeBron James in order to do some team bonding and play a little basketball in Miami before training camp.
Anyone with social media can deduce that is precisely what’s going on with Kevin Love and the Cavaliers. James may have taken his talents to Hollywood, but the spirit of his pre-camp training camp lives on. More specifically, Love and the Cavs having been hanging out at the University of Miami, working on their games and getting reacquainted.
Love is the lone remaining All-Star from the Big Three era that also featured James and Kyrie Irving. It lasted from 2014 until July, when James up and left for the Los Angles Lakers.
According to cleveland.com, it was no less than Love who organized this week’s Miami gathering. A league source confirmed that news to Amico Hoops on Tuesday. Love also posted a video of the University of Miami court on his Instagram account, and another of himself and Cavs forward Channing Frye sharing a laugh. Frye donned a dark blue Cavaliers shooting jersey.
The majority of the Cavs are or will be there, the source said, without naming names. Cleveland.com reported Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he is also in Miami. And aside from Love and Frye, J.R. Smith and rookie lottery pick Collin Sexton are definitely in attendance, too.
Meanwhile, Tristan Thompson, Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic are participating in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers and won’t be there, as cleveland.com noted.
But for the Cavs, this is less about having a roll call and more about keeping a recent tradition alive. James organized these preseason shindigs each of the previous for years, and each time the Cavs played for a championship, winning the title in 2016.
Of course, a lot of that had to do with James actually being on the team. But you don’t go to the Finals four straight seasons without developing a winning mindset, and that is clearly something Love and the Cavs are aiming to do.
Basically, Love signed a four-year extension worth $120 million this offseason. He’s probably not sticking around with the idea of going in the tank.
While not much is expected of the Cavs this year, they have made it clear the plan is to see how far this group can go.
That could change, of course. But for now, it’s evident the Cavs are determined to work hard, play harder and come together to give fans a reason to cheer.
And just as they did when James was in Cleveland, they’ve decided to get a head start before the real thing begins Sept. 25, the first day of training camp.