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Report: LeBron James didn’t believe in David Blatt early in season

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers returns to the court behind Head Coach David Blatt of the Cleveland Cavaliers during a 109-102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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It took LeBron James a long time to meet with David Blatt after signing with the Cavaliers.

It reportedly took – is taking? – LeBron longer believe in his new coach.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN on LeBron:

He didn’t have a whole lot of faith in the coach. And just me saying that, those people in Cleveland hear that, in the Cavs organization, I’m going to start to get negative commentary, because they don’t believe that. But he didn’t really believe in David Blatt early on.

It showed.

But does LeBron believe in Blatt now?

Though they successfully downplayed their latest controversy, LeBron calling plays and Blatt repeating them, there has been plenty of tensionoverinflated or notbetween the two.

The Cavaliers have played much better lately, but LeBron has been around too long for one strong run to completely change his mind. Remember, it reportedly took Erik Spoelstra well more than a season to gain LeBron’s trust.

And Spoelstra had proven himself a quality NBA coach before LeBron signed with the Heat. Blatt is just a first-year NBA coach, which could be a source of issues. Blatt has a lengthy overseas résumé, and he doesn’t consider himself inexperienced. I’m not convinced LeBron sees Blatt as more than a rookie coach.

Maybe LeBron’s respect for Blatt will grow. I think it already has, though not to a high level. As Blatt continues to learn the NBA game, it could get there. How quickly could have a big effect on Cleveland’s season and future.