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Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has insisted that he is “here to help” as the team struggles in the early stages of the season after a 1-2 start.
The Big Three era in Cleveland has got off to a rocky start, particularly after their 101-82 defeat to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.
After starting the game 10-for-10 as a team, the Cavaliers went 21 for its next 75 which ultimately led to them finishing the game 36.5 percent shooting from the field. James went 4-of-12, Kyrie Irving went 3-of-17 while Dion Waiters was even worse at 3-of-11.
James refused to call out any team-mates by name, but he insists that there is a lengthy process ahead for the entire team as they look to put together a championship run and put their dismal recent seasons in the past.
“We have to understand what it takes to win,” James said. “It’s going to be a long process, man. There’s been a lot of losing basketball around here for a few years. So, a lot of guys that are going to help us win ultimately haven’t played a lot of meaningful basketball games in our league.
“When we get to that point when every possession matters , no possessions off — we got to share the ball, we got to move the ball, we got to be a team and be unselfish — we’ll be a better team.”
Kevin Love has arguably been the most consistent player for Cleveland thus far, with the former Minnesota Timberwolves forward ending the Blazers game with a team-high 22 points and 10 rebounds which marked his third straight double-double.
However, as expected, he had his struggles defensively and James has conceded that he will lean heavily on the likes of Shawn Marion and Mike Miller to instil a winning mentality and help the others get rid of bad habits.
The Cavs have a 57-107 record over the last two seasons, and James believes that they will continue to work through a process of getting better before finding the finished article which could take a while.