Sorry, David Blatt. LeBron James has been a tad busy this summer, y’know, relocating back to Cleveland, convincing another NBA All-Star to make a similar move, hawking product across the globe, shooting a movie, shedding some extra pounds, and so on.
Blatt and James at last sat down for a get-to-know-you chat, according to ESPN:
James met face to face with team owner Dan Gilbert before announcing his free-agent choice and had communicated with Blatt by text since signing.
Blatt saw a thinner James at their meeting. James has been focused on cutting his weight by reducing his carb intake since the end of the NBA Finals, and he has lost more than 10 pounds. James’ thinner frame was noticeable in some photos he posted on his Instagram account earlier this week.
James wasn’t in the same room as his front office this summer, but he has been working alongside team officials. He successfully recruited (Mike) Miller and free agent James Jones. James also has been in contact with (Kevin) Love, (Shawn) Marion and free agent Ray Allen, who is deciding whether he wants to continue his career.