The Cavs 2014-15 season will be remembered for a lot of things. LeBron James' return, a tumultuous start, a blazing finish, and injuries derailing a prime opportunity for Cleveland's first major professional title since 1964. In terms of how close they came to a championship, no previous iteration of the Cavs can compete or match their record.
But the title did not come, and now it seems that James has that and only that on his mind as we get closer to the start of his second year back in Ohio. He needs championships to continue building on his legacy, and he needs them now. Whereas last season he spoke of patience, this season the urgency will be real. As the team gets ready to start their quest, it seems that LeBron wants to check up on his teammates, make sure guys are as focused as he is.
According to Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, he's having them down to Miami for pre-training camp workouts:
LeBron James has summoned his teammates to participate in pre-training camp workouts in Miami this week ahead of the start of Cavaliers camp on Sept. 29, league sources informed Northeast Ohio Media Group.
A few players and coaches have already assembled in Miami while the majority of the team's roster is expected to arrive towards the middle of the week, one source revealed.
This seems like a pretty cool leadership move. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving may not be cleared to play yet, but hopefully they swing down to get a bit of work in and get the camaraderie going. The guys in the locker room truly enjoy each other's company, so I'm sure they are going to be having some fun as well. I'm told Miami is a destination. It will be interesting to see if Tristan Thompson, still unsigned, shows up.
In the meantime, it's a nice reminder that Cavs basketball will be back before you know it.
UPDATE: Per Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Kyrie Irving has already been in Florida with James:
Irving, who had surgery to repair a fractured kneecap in June, has not yet been cleared to take part in basketball activities, so he worked on conditioning alongside James, sources said. Irving has spent the summer in Miami recovering and is not expected to be ready for the start of training camp. James spent time in Miami himself during last season as he recovered from knee and back issues.