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LeBron James, David Blatt meet in first Cavs' strategy session

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NEW YORK - JUNE 26: LeBron James who was selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers poses for a portrait during the 2003 NBA Draft at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden on June 26, 2003 in New York, New York. 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. Copyright 2003 NBAE (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 25: LeBron James #23 poses for a portrait prior to the draft in the red and gold Cleveland Cavaliers uniform for Media Availability Portraits at the Westin Times Square Hotel on June 25, 2003 in New York, New York. 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. Copyright 2003 NBAE (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 11: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers waits for play to resume during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on December 11, 2009 at the Quicken Loans Arena 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 2009 NBAE (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - JANUARY 26: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers waits for play to resume in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies on January 26, 2005 at Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavs defeated the Grizzlies 114-111. 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 2005 NBAE (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - JUNE 14: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers portrait in Game Four of the 2007 NBA Finals at The Quicken Loans Arena on June 14, 2007 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 2007 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON - MAY 13: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifnals against the Boston Celtics during the 2010 NBA Playoffs on May 13, 2010 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics won 94-85. 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 2010 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 5: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets take a breather as the wait for play to resume November 5, 2003 at Gund Arena 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. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 31: LeBron James #23 and Shaquille O'Neal #33 of the Cleveland Cavaliers wait for the game against the Charlotte Bobcats to resume on October 31, 2009 at Quicken Loans Arena 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 2009 NBAE (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 20: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers is on the court during the game against the Golden State Warriors on January 20, 2007 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The Cavaliers won 106-104 in overtime. 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 2006 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 29: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers prepares for game-time against the Milwaukee Bucks December 29, 2006 at The Quicken Loans Arena 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 2006 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 29: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers is all alone on the breakaway against the Milwaukee Bucks December 29, 2006 at The Quicken Loans Arena 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 2006 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 11: Fans in downtown Cleveland don their #23 LeBron James jerseys shortly after he announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 11, 2014 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 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
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By Glenn Minnis
XN Sports

LeBron James' fingerprints are officially all over the Cleveland Cavaliers organization.

For the first time since "The Decision," the four-time league MVP and team execs shared the same space on Tuesday, as The King graced Quicken Loans Arena with his presence and Cavs' brass with the face-to-face opportunity to pick his brain during a high-stakes strategy session.

James met with rookie coach David Blatt and recently, permanently installed GM David Griffin presumably to weigh the merits and virtues of blending his all purpose game with that of slick All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and potentially the equally seasoned Kevin Love, a proposition that is now rumored to be more a matter of "when" as opposed to "if," even if it means sacrificing prized top draft pick Andrew Wiggins.

Since making the announcement he planned to take his talents from South Beach back to his roots in Cleveland, James' schedule hadn't allowed him to actually meet with Cavs execs before now, though clearly he has been hard at work in crafting the team's roster, successfully recruiting former teammates Mike Miller and James Jones and rumored to now be working on Ray Allen and Shawn Marion.

Whoever proves to be on hand for training camp in Cleveland can expect to encounter a different LeBron James. The league's consensus top performer is rumored to be on a reduced carbs diet that has already resulted in him dropping at least 10 pounds since his Miami Heat were run out of the building by the much older San Antonio Spurs in the NBA finals.

Before the start of the series, many would have told you the prospect of that happening was about as unlikely as James announcing he would be returning to the banks of Lake Erie. But that now all seems like water under the bridge, even James' once thought to be irreparably scarred relationship with owner Dan Gilbert, who deemed James' decision to leave in the first place a "cowardly act" for which he assured Cavs' fans their native son would be forever cursed and the Cavs' would win a championship long before The King would ever grace the throne.

But on Tuesday, here they all were, all in the same room, all of the same mind, all members of the same organization. Indeed, winning or, in this case, even the even prospect of it certainly seems to have cured all.

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