CLEVELAND, Ohio — All eyes of the basketball world were on Cleveland Saturday as the Cavaliers kicked off their season with their first practice.
Coach David Blatt joked that the biggest difference between his new team and the European teams he’s coached before is that the men on the Cavs’ roster are bigger, faster, stronger and they jump higher. That might be the least of his concerns right now.
Blatt has the task of getting the new big three — Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Kevin Love — to mesh and make it work. James said the first day of practice was a learning experience, and that right now the team is learning everything on the fly.
James said Blatt is efficient as a coach and doesn’t like to do things twice. He acknowledged it was a good first day for the Cavs.
James was asked what intrigued him about coming back home to play for the Cavaliers. “I’ve never played with a point guard like Kyrie Irving. A guy that can take over a game for himself if we need it, and that was a huge thing and that was way before we got Love and signed Mike Miller and got the rest of the guys,” he said.
Blatt only scheduled one practice for Saturday, but James said he was coming back later in the day to get in more work at the facility.