Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer
LeBron James reflected on the playoff battles with the Detroit Pistons early in his career at shootaround ahead of the Cavs' game against Detroit on Monday: "It helped me out with my development, with my mental side of the game as well. Worked my mental toughness, my physical toughness, my competitive nature, going against those teams. Understanding what you need in order to be successful, or how to win, how to compete. They definitely have a chapter in my book."