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LeBron James: How the Cleveland Cavaliers reacted to Los Angeles Lakers move revealed | Other | Sport

James called time on his second spell with his home state franchise in free agency.

And he opted to head for California in a bid to help the Lakers end the Golden State Warriors’ dominance of the Western Conference.

LeBron James will go down as a Cavaliers legend regardless of the move having led them to their first ever NBA championship in 2016.

But it appears as though people behind the scenes were aggrieved by his decision to leave them for a second time in his career.

The Athletic’s Joe Vardon has posted a picture on Twitter of what was done with James’ corner spot in the Quicken Loans Arena changing room.

And it’s been revealed his corner locker was not inherited by the likes of Channing Frye, Tristan Thompson or Larry Nance.

“Technically, the LeBron spot is now a towel closet,” Vardon wrote.

US outlet NESN suggest the decision to get rid of James’ locker may have been taken by Dan Gilbert.

The Cavaliers owner is said to have an “icy relationship” with the 33-year-old small forward.

So he may have seen erasing any trace of his presence as just desserts for deserting Tyronn Lue’s team.

Meanwhile James, who missed Saturday’s pre-season game against the LA Clippers, has had his approach to defensive duties questioned by former NBA star Dennis Scott.

“I’m not concerned offensively as you have enough guys willing to share and playmakers, it’s defensively when will you buy in?” Scott said.

“Once LeBron says in his mind: ‘I’m going to be point five’, because we know the ball is going to be in his hands offensively, he’s strong enough to guard the big men in this league.

“The question is does he want to do it night in, night out, because that physicality will wear you down.

“I think as the season wears on Brian Shaw and Luke Walton are going to figure out which one of those guys are gonna sacrificed to be that junk yard dog.

“Yes small ball, a lot of teams want to do it, you know from being out there at Golden State.

“Draymond Green is that junkyard dog for the Golden State Warriors.

“Who is going to do the dirty work for the Lakers? That’s my biggest question right now.”

The Los Angeles Lakers are back in action on Thursday night when they play host to the Warriors before rounding off their pre-season campaign against the same opponents on Saturday.

Luke Walton’s team begin the new NBA season when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers next Friday.

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