LeBron James wanted to make the culture on the Cavs more like the Heat and he got help from an unlikely source

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The transformation of the Cleveland Cavaliers from talented roster to championship outfit has been LeBron James' goal since returning to Cleveland.

As ESPN's Brian Windhorst detailed, James wanted to instill the culture he enjoyed with the Miami Heat in Cleveland. Although he often hit road bumps in the arduous process, the Cavaliers are back in the Finals for the second straight year.

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Along the way, James received some help from an unlikely source: Channing Frye. The Cavaliers traded for the sweet-shooting big man at the trade deadline in February, and he reportedly did wonders for team chemistry.

Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson illustrated the point to Windhorst by describing an innocent act by Frye that brought players closer together.

"Channing was that new kid in school that doesn't know that there's cliques and he just sits at the table with everyone.

"He puts random people on text chains. All of a sudden I was just on a text chain with LeBron, Kev[in Love] and [James Jones]. You're just like, 'Why did you include us?' He's like, 'I don't know, you guys are the ones I wanted to talk to.' All of a sudden the four of us are texting through a game."

Though Frye has been a journeyman in the NBA, he's always been considered one of the easier players to get along with. Evidently, that didn't change in Cleveland.

For as much as Frye did for Cleveland's chemistry, he'll be just as important in these Finals. The Cavs could use a floor-spacing, mobile big man to space out the Warriors defense, and he may offer slightly more rim protection and length than Kevin Love.

Frye was considered a solid pick-up by Cleveland when they traded for him, but from the sounds of it, his worth can't just be measured in points and rebounds.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - JUNE 12: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat reads a book in the locker room prior to Game One of the 2012 NBA Finals against Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on June 12, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler /NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 9: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors gets ready in the locker room before a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Three of the 2015 NBA Finals on June 9, 2015 at The Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 9: Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers warms up in the locker room before facing the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 9, 2014 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 conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 24: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers in the locker room before facing the Golden State Warriors in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Oracle Arena on April 24, 2014 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY - MARCH 10: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder listens to music in front of his locker before the game against the New Orleans Hornets on March 10, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 2001: Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers prepares in the locker room before a 2001 NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - JUNE 11: Brian Shaw #20 of the Los Angeles Lakers relaxes in the locker room prior to playing the Indiana Pacers in Game Three of the 2000 NBA Finals played June 11, 2000 at Conseco Field House in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - 1993: Ralph Sampson of the Sacramento Kings in the locker room in 1993 in Sacramento, California.(Photo by Ronald C. Modra/ Getty Images)
General view of the locker room of the Sacramento Kings. (Photo by Rick Stewart via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 7: Kendrick Perkins #5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder warms up in a hallway outside the locker room before playing the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NBA Playoffs on May 7, 2013 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL, 24: Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4) has a moment in the hall outside the locker room prior to game action against the Toronto Raptors in game three action on April 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
BOSTON - JUNE 05: Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics stretches in the locker room prior to Game One of the 2008 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on June 5, 2008 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright: 2008 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 11: Teammates Mike Miller #18 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and James Jones #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers together in the locker room prior to Game Four of the 2015 NBA Finals at The Quicken Loans Arena on June 11, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 13: Austin Rivers #25 of the Los Angeles Clippers in the locker room before the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at STAPLES Center on March 13, 2016 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 conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Juan O'Campo/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 12: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers stretches in the locker room before a game against the Houston Rockets in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 12, 2015 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 19: Joe Johnson #7 of the Brooklyn Nets in the locker room before the game against the Atlanta Hawks in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2015 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 31: Ryan Hollins #15 of the Los Angeles Clippers stretches in the locker room before a game against the Golden State Warriors at STAPLES Center on October 31, 2013 at 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 conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 19: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder listens to music in the locker room before facing the Miami Heat in Game Four of the 2012 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 19, 2012 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - MAY 15: Rasheed Wallace #36 of the Detroit Pistons gets ready in the locker room hot tub before a game against the Chicago Bulls in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2007 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHOENIX - MAY 30: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks stretches in the locker room before the game against the Phoenix Suns in game four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2006 NBA Playoffs on May 30, 2006 at US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON - JUNE 08: (L-R) Kevin Garnett and Sam Cassell of the Boston Celtics celebrate in the locker room after their 108-102 win against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Two of the 2008 NBA Finals on June 8, 2008 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright: 2008 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)
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