The Chicago Bulls-Cleveland Cavaliers rivalry will resume Monday night … well, sort of.

LeBron James is set to face Derrick Rose and company for the first since re-joining the Cavs, but he’s downplaying the hype surrounding this meaningless exhibition game.

James concedes that the Bulls have a better, more cohesive unit at this point.

Per the Northeast Ohio Media Group:

“It’s going to be fun. I don’t really see a rivalry renewed right now,” James said after shootaround this morning. “We haven’t done anything right now. They’re a team that’s much better than us right now just off chemistry. They’ve been together for a while. The system has been there for a while. So, we have a long way to go.”

 

Monday’s preseason contest will be a nice preview of things to come, but James, playing his final preseason game this evening, says it’s also important to make it out of the game uninjured. […] “Just get out healthy,” James said and proceeded to knock on the wooden floor. “Just get out the game healthy. Gets some conditioning, get some camaraderie with my teammates. Get some rhythm. But get out of the game healthy for all of us.”

 

“A preseason game is not going to make our chemistry be where we want it to be,” he said. “It’s going to take regular-season games, it’s going to take some losses, it’s going to take some practices, some film sessions for all of us to get on the same page.”