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Cleveland Cavaliers rookie point guard Collin Sexton says “nothing” went through his mind when he found out LeBron James was signing with the Los Angeles Lakers instead of returning to Cleveland.
Sexton, who had a strong summer league showing, has implied he’s ready to step up for the Cavs and shock people in 2018-19.
“Nothing,” Sexton told ESPN when asked what went through his mind when James left the Cavs. “I just understood it was time for me and my teammates to step up. Make sure we’re all good and then continue to work hard and get better.”
During summer league, Sexton got to the rim at will, finished in heavy traffic and attacked the basket in transition, something the Cavs will need from him on a nightly basis during the regular-season to generate easy offense now that James is gone.
Sexton also showed he’s going to be a rugged defender for the Cavs on the perimeter.
As of now, Sexton’s perimeter shooting is considered the skill he needs to work on most. Sexton’s most valuable assets appear to be his quickness and driving ability.
Many league experts believe the Cavs will miss the playoffs next season — just another likely reason why Sexton is looking forward for the year to start so he can try to prove the critics wrong.