INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) – All-Stars LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving were on the court together for the first time as the Cleveland Cavaliers opened training camp.
It also was the initial NBA practice for Cavaliers coach David Blatt, who spent the past two decades working overseas. He became the first European coach to make the jump to the NBA when he was hired in late June.
Cleveland’s version of the ‘Big Three’ was formed over the summer when four-time MVP James rejoined the franchise as a free agent and Love was acquired in a trade with Minnesota.
Irving has yet to make the playoffs in three seasons with the Cavaliers, but now finds himself starting for a team with legitimate championship aspirations.