Looks like LeBron James will not be taking all the spotlight regardless of him being the marquee guy on the new look Cavaliers. In a piece by ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, LeBron talks about his role in the Cavaliers offense. His plan revolves around Kyrie Irving.
“I’ll probably handle the ball a little bit, but this is Kyrie [Irving’s] show,” James said Saturday following the team’s first practice of training camp. “He’s our point guard. He’s our floor general, and we need him to put us in position to succeed offensively. He has to demand that and command that from us with him handling the ball.“
“I’ll be ready to shoot every single time,” Irving said with a laugh when asked about James playing point guard. “If I’m off the ball, I’m ready to shoot. Whatever it takes. Whatever it takes to win. Obviously he’s the greatest player playing the game right now, so if he’s on the ball, like I said, I’ll be ready to shoot. But if I’m on the ball, my job is to get everybody involved and make plays.“
On the feelings during the Cavaliers Media Day:
LeBron James threw his right arm around Kevin Love and rested the other on Kyrie Irving’s shoulder.
They laughed, smiled and posed for photos – together.
And that’s how they plan to win an NBA championship.
The trio of All-Stars, aligned this summer to bring a title to title-deprived Cleveland, took their first steps as new teammates Friday as the Cavs held their media day to tip off a season they hope ends with the city’s first pro sports championship since 1964, when the Browns ruled the NFL.
Wearing a No. 23 wine-and-goal Cavs uniform again, a subdued James, much more mature and business-like than the player who left for Miami four years ago, talked about his focus in trying to add a third title to the two he won with the Heat.
And while the Cavs instantly became title favorites when James announced he was coming back in July, the four-time MVP understands there will be immense pressure on him to deliver – and that nothing is guaranteed.
”I still have a lot to prove because of expectations I put on myself,” James said. ”I ask more of myself than anybody can ever ask of me. My expectations are still high, but I am more patient now than I was four years ago. I understand what it takes to win a championship. I understand winning a championship is the hardest thing you could ever do. I’ve been two up and two down in four years.
We will see how all of this comes together as the pressure amounts to that of the 2010 Miami Heat when LeBron talked not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5. They got a squad but don’t underestimate his former team in South Beach.