Jordan Clarkson Says Cavs Will Surprise Everybody & Succeed Without LeBron

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Nine games into his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers — Isaiah Thomas was shipped off to the Los Angeles for Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson.

Going from a team destined for the Draft hoping to improve the next year to a NBA Finals contender was a complete change of culture for the youngsters. The change started out well, but quickly went sour as the two struggled to be consistent on a LeBron lead team that needed everybody to step up to beat the Warriors.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson was obviously disappointed after LeBron James announced he was signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, however, he truly believes that the Cavs will surprise a lot of basketball fans during the 2018-19 season.

“I feel like we’re going to shock a lot of people this year just because LeBron left,” Clarkson said. “I feel great about the team, coaching staff. They got a lot of belief in guys, so I’m just ready to strap it up and get ready for the season now.”

Clarkson wanted to improve on his endurance, so he began a new diet and weightlifting program.

“In terms of my body and stuff, I have to take care of my body all year, because like I said this was my first time playing after April, but it’s those guys that keep up with themselves, keep playing at that high level, taking care of their bodies,” Clarkson said. “That’s a big thing for me this summer. I got a new strength guy out in L.A. that I’ve been working with. He’s got me on a diet and stuff like that, so I’ve been focusing in the weight room so I can be ready for those times and keep prolonging myself so I can stay at a high level.”

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