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Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James, David Blatt Finally Meet in Person
- Updated: August 6, 2014
David Blatt is the luckiest rookie head coach ever. When he took the job earlier this offseason, the Cleveland Cavaliers were bottom feeders in the Eastern Conference with a slim chance to land LeBron James. Fast forward to today and the Cavaliers are Las Vegas’ favorites to win the title this year with LeBron James on board, and are just a few weeks away from acquiring Kevin Love from the Timberwolves.
Talk about a loaded roster for a rookie head coach to work with.
It seems logical that James would have met with Blatt at some point on his visits to Cleveland or in the weeks since he’s signed, but that hasn’t been the case. At least it wasn’t, until the two met on Tuesday to discuss the team’s plans for the upcoming season and the future, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
LeBron James met in person with new Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt for the first time Tuesday as he prepares for the upcoming season, sources told ESPN.com.
James has been busy since announcing his decision to sign with the Cavs last month, going on promotional trips for Nike to Brazil and China and shooting a movie in New York. James met face to face with team owner Dan Gilbert before announcing his free-agent choice and had communicated with Blatt by text since signing.
Blatt saw a thinner James at their meeting. James has been focused on cutting his weight by reducing his carb intake since the end of the NBA Finals, and he has lost more than 10 pounds. James’ thinner frame was noticeable in some photos he posted on his Instagram account earlier this week.
Blatt doesn’t have any NBA experience after spending his 33-year coaching career in Europe, but his life got a whole lot easier when James announced he was coming home. There aren’t many smarter players than the 4-time MVP, and he can pretty much run a team by himself.