Traditionally, starters on each NBA team hear their name called out over the PA system in their home gym, and hi-five their teammates while being showered with applause by the home crowd.
LeBron James has changed that in Cleveland—the Cavs are already in a huddle with head coach David Blatt while each of the five starters’ names are announced.
James says he did the same thing while playing for the Miami Heat.
Per the NEOMG:
Tristan Thompson said last week LeBron James approached them with the idea on a bus ride to the BMO Harris Bradley Center before they took on the Milwaukee Bucks. The four-time MVP often comes up with creative ways to form deeper bonds with teammates, especially if he believes it has the potential to translate to success on the court.
“It’s just about being focused and preparing for the game,” James said. “It’s something we did in Miami at certain points. It’s about playing the game the right way and your approach. Staying locked in and being ready to go.”
“I think it’s just a mindset so our opponents know we’re ready to play,” Thompson said. “We’re first on the court, ready for tip, and when they (opponent) look over there after they do their huddle, it sends a message that they’ve got to be ready to rumble. […] It’s a mentality. We’re coming ready to play. We get together, we talk about what we need to talk about, coach draws up the plays and the assignment and we get right to work. As soon as the one minute and 30 [seconds] starts, we’re going to be on the court and ready to play.”