LeBron James is being blamed by someone from the camp of David Blatt as the primary reason why Blatt was recently fired as head coach by the Cleveland Cavaliers front office.
Many basketball observers, including coaches in the league, was disappointed about the firing of Blatt, who led the Cavaliers to an NBA Finals appearance last season and to the Eastern Conference’s best-record so far this season.
Although the Cavaliers front office and James have denied the speculations that their superstar influenced the franchise’s decision, many also believe that the Cavaliers superstar had a hand in the firing and the hiring of Tyronn Lue as the replacement for the head coach position.
David Aldridge of NBA.com reports that someone from the camp of Blatt believes the firing was “1,000 percent LeBron”.
Blatt’s firing came days after the Golden State Warriors embarrassed the Cavaliers, 132-98 in the Cavs’ home floor. Cleveland is still number on in the East standings but they have struggled against the top West teams and possible NBA Finals opponents.
Lue, who reportedly signed a three-year deal in Cleveland worth $9.5 million, is expected to make some changes within the Cavaliers’ offense. Lou considers Phil Jackson, Jerry West and Doc Rivers as his mentors in coaching after his playing career in the NBA was over.
James said that he has no problem with the changes and expects more running game from the team with Lou as head coach.
“This is what coach wants. This is what coach wants to do and this is what we’re going to do. This isn’t a LeBron thing. I’m talking out of IQ of the game, but this is what coach wants to do, so this is what we’re going to do,” James said to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
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