"Was working hard all summer and then coming in and not even really having a chance to earn my spot, but it's all right", he said. Besides, they both know what they've been a part of over the past three seasons, and no one can take that away from them. "It wasn't the most positive conversation, but we talked about it and we'll get through it together".
"Me and J.R., we know what we've brought to this team, what we've done the last three years, being in three Finals", said Thompson.
"It's not about who starts or who comes off the bench, it's about who all can make sacrifices to win a championship". Still, if Smith and Thompson can practice what they preach and put their egos aside for the betterment of the team, the 2017-18 Cavaliers could be a truly special team.
Rose said he is unaware of whether James, Wade and Bosh ever saw the video.
Now on the second unit, he might find the ball in his hands a bit more. "Everyone would love to start but J.R.is in a position where he feels he wants to do whatever is best for the team".
At times last season, Lue would have Irving play a similar role by starting at point guard, coming out of the game with around four minutes remaining in the first quarter and then coming back in at point guard with the second unit to start the second quarter. If somebody smaller is guarding D Wade, we're going to play through D Wade. "Next time you've got to pay me, you've got to pay me double, so it's fine with me". "We knew that. We just made a decision that was better for us".