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LeBron James finally meets with Cavaliers coach David Blatt, GM David Griffin

Aug 5, 2014, 6:01 PM EDT

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It tells you just how badly LeBron James wanted to go home — or just how confident he is he can lead any team of decent players to a title — that LeBron chose a return to Cleveland without meeting coach David Blatt or GM David Griffin. Maybe a little of both.

But finally LeBron and Blatt with Griffin sat down and talked on Tuesday, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

LeBron James met with new Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt and new general manager David Griffin in person for the first time Tuesday as he prepared for the upcoming season, sources told

James had been busy promoting his brand and Nike, traveling to Brazil and China — all the while sticking to a Paleo diet and losing at least 10 pounds.

Blatt is a mystery to most stateside basketball fans. He was born in the United States and played at Princeton, but spent most of his coaching career in Europe where he had great success — he won the EuroLeague title with Maccabi Tel Aviv — and became known as an offensive genius.

With LeBron, Kyrie Irving and likely Kevin Love in the fold, he’s got a lot of talent to work with.

Speaking with Blatt in Las Vegas during Summer league, he said he wants is an offense that is unpredictable in the way the Princeton offense is unpredictable, or the triangle, or what the Spurs are doing now.

“Without question, we have some really good and intelligent players,” Blatt told ProBasketballTalk. “That will allow us to be a lot more read oriented then specific play oriented.”

“I have a big job to figure out the best way for us to play and utilize the many, many possibilities that are now at our disposal…” Blatt said in a different interview in Vegas. “There are a lot of possibilities and factors to be considered in building a team with guys that really want to play and want to play right.”

It’s likely Blatt and LeBron talked some offensive philosophy, and more importantly defensive philosophy. With this roster the Cavaliers are going to score points, it’s how good they become at stopping teams that will decide how good they are and how far they go. Can they protect the paint with Anderson Varejao as center?

More likely, there was also a lot of talk of team building. LeBron wants to win now, he’s in legacy building mode, and with his short contract he has a lot of leverage. What he wants he gets. Starting with Love.

For Blatt and Griffin the leash will be short. LeBron has the power and Gilbert is not exactly the patient, build-a-culture-slowly kind of guy. They need to prove they can do the job called on them fast, or changes will come in.

That probably wasn’t discussed when everyone met Tuesday, but you can bet it was in the air.

  1. cbking05 - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    I hope Blatt doesn’t try anything funny on the first date and scare LeBron away … He is a delicate flower.

    • nflcrimerankingscom - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      “For Blatt and Griffin the leash will be short. LeBron has the power and Gilbert is not exactly the patient, build-a-culture-slowly kind of guy.”

      Ridiculous, unsupported statement.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:08 PM

        I don’t know… Gilbert & LeBron already had one run together and I think we can take a lot of cues from that. Gilbert always wanted to trade for talent to win now rather than draft or recruit it. Now he seems to be doing the same with LeBron back.

        Plus Blatt is really unproven when it comes to NBA winning. He’s never coached a playoff series which are very different than the types of tournaments he’s won.

  2. therealhtj - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Did he fire them?

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:05 PM


      But he’s already re-hired them…

      He just wanted to let them know early on that he could… to keep them in line is all…

  3. cantonbound13 - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Pat Riley is pissed! Hahahaha!

  4. ranoversquarells - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Boooo Israel

    • garypagetwo - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      Look mommy a SHEEP

    • bigmeechy74 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      Oh hey what are your thoughts on world politics? Do tell! Not. shut up

    • badge3832 - Aug 6, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      Off topic. Please stop.

  5. seasickcecil - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:01 PM

  6. mgm54 - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    If this fails, Cleveland’s wish list will include a dose of Ebola and a nuclear attack!!!

    • garypagetwo - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      the sheep that come to this site .. don’t know what’s coming to this country

      • 22yearsagotoday - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        I think you meant you don’t know what this country’s coming to. You mad, bro?

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        oh hey it’s one of those guys that goes around and yelling about 911 being an inside job and calling people “sheeple.” I love people like you. Not. go away. this is a basketball blog. leave the israel conflict stuff out of here you munch

  7. mogogo1 - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    I’ll be interested to see Blatt coach. He sounds like a real innovator and open-thinker when it comes to offense.

  8. tomtravis76 - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    If LeBron really wants to be talked as great ,he should just take on the challenge of breaking Russ’ s player /coach record of two NBA championships.

    • longtallsam - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      Player-coach. That’s now allowed anymore, is it?

      • tomtravis76 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        It is not, just sure seems like LeBron doesn’t need a coach or GM, only people who can make official moves he needs completed. There might be a ton of drama in Cleveland.

      • money2long - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        Its not allowed by title.

  9. seasickcecil - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    @SamAmicoFSO: LeBron James worked out with Mike Miller today at Akron St. V, source says. (P.S. Our secret, but source is LeBron.)

  10. philliephaninva - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    So King James has already laid down the law. What a diva.

    • badge3832 - Aug 6, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      What makes you think that?

  11. kerby720 - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Now I’m not really speaking about Blatt’s ability as an offensive genius, cause he probably is. Also, I know he was hired way before Lebron joined, but shouldn’t the Cavs be more concerned about their defensive ability?

    I mean….Lebron, Love, and Irving can score a few points no matter the offensive system don’t you think?

  12. phillycannon - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    He is just meeting his coach and gm, and no one thinks this is a problem!!!!

  13. onlyavoice - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    LOL, Cavs fans sure changed their tune about Lebron.

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