INDEPENDENCE, Ohio-- It was a short off-season for the Cleveland Cavaliers. After the NBA Championship celebration, the guys were back in the gym.
The Cavs spent last week in Santa Barbara working out as a team. Training camp at Cleveland Clinic Courts in Independence starts on Tuesday, but before that, the team spent a little time fielding questions on media day Monday.
"I could use an extra two months. Next year, it'll be three and the following year will be four. I can always use more off-season," LeBron James laughed. "I'll take a short summer to be able to play in the Finals. It's something that, as a kid, you always kind of watched and wish you could be a part of that."
LeBron said for him, the work never stops. He hasn't taken time to reflect on the championship and the massive parade that followed, but he knows how important it is to Clevelanders.
"To be able to sit up here once again say that I'm a champion, it means a lot. It means a lot to me for my own personal goals, it means a lot to everyone in Northeast Ohio and anyone that has anything to do with Cleveland sports history," James said.
But it's time to focus on the upcoming season and defending their NBA title.
"There are going to be so many more challenges, so many different obstacles that we're going to have to face this year as a ball club. We have to be mentally focused, mentally prepared for it all," LeBron said.
"The hunter has now become the hunted. We have to approach every game a lot like the last two years, knowing that we're going to get everybody's best shot," Kevin Love told reporters at media day on Monday. "We're going to have to come out and fight every single night."
Love said the Eastern Conference has improved and it's paramount they get off to a well-balanced start. As for the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors adding Kevin Durant, Tristan Thompson said, "Bring it on."
"Being a champion, every team is building a roster to take you down. So we accept the challenge. I think the guys are more motivated," Thompson said.
"I think a lot of guys on this team, you know, look at it from a standpoint of if we can do it once, we can do it again," Richard Jefferson said.