The Cavs That LeBron Built

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Great story in the latest Sports Illustrated on the cultural transformation the Cleveland Cavaliers have undergone since LeBron’s arrival. Lee Jenkins does a good job explaining the pressure that LeBron has put on himself to deliver the Cavaliers their first NBA title. Great stuff in here to share with your players on work ethic, peer-to-peer leadership, professionalism and culture.

In a meeting to start training camp James told the Cavaliers, “The organization gave us everything we need. There are no more excuses.” He has since suspended the team’s high-fiving pregame introduction routine, as the Heat once did, so players can’t claim they’re not ready for the tip. “I’ve cut the patience in half,” James says, a testament to the team’s progress.

“What he’s done has worked,” Jones adds. “The atmosphere here is a little tougher, a little more disciplined, a lot more focused, a lot more committed. These are full-time pros now. They come in for multiple film sessions, multiple treatment sessions, shoot by themselves. They’ve watched him.”

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