It doesn’t look good on the Cleveland Cavaliers (Cavs) to listen to its leader LeBron James expressing his disappointment at the organization’s direction. In the same way, it doesn’t look good on James’ reputation for acting as a de facto general manager (GM) of the team. It does pay to keep our mouths checked most of the time.
LeBron James has been distraught about the Cavs’ loss to the Pelicans earlier this week. That’s perfectly understandable since they lost to a team that didn’t even have its star player around. And the Cavs are the NBA champs, the last time we checked. Now, James doesn’t seem confident they can defend their title against upgraded teams, especially the super Warriors.
LeBron James described the Cavs as “top heavy” and that they needed a playmaker. He goes on to rant that they aren’t a better team than last year. Cavs GM David Griffin talked to James about this stir he’s created.
“The comment about the organization being complacent I think is really misguided,” Griffin told ESPN. “Organizationally, there is absolutely no lack of clarity on what our goal set is. We are here to win championships and there is no other solution, there is no other outcome that is acceptable, and there never has been. But in terms of the on-the-court complacency, I’ve seen a lot of that.”
LeBron James wants Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade or Carmelo Anthony?
It isn’t very clear who LeBron James was referring to in his recent rants. But apparently he does want to add a new playmaker to their roster. There have been stories about his friends Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade reuniting with him one day. However, they hardly fall under the “playmaker” category.
“If LeBron’s angling for Rajon Rondo, I’m sure that can be arranged (Rondo surely is capable of, er, leveraging his way out of Chicago with the Bulls’ stuck for his salary). Neither Anthony nor Wade can be termed a playmaker, so I’m assuming it’s a point guard he’s seeking who can facilitate and, even more important, defend. That might be Rondo,” Steve Ashchburner told NBA.com.
Rajon Rondo has been in the middle of a drama with the Bulls, too, lately after the coaching staff benched him for playing badly. They said it was a move to “save him from himself.” It still remains vague on what the Bulls would do next for Rajon Rondo. They could keep him as an expensive backup, or let him go.
If they go ahead and trade him, perhaps LeBron James and the Cavs could convince him to play for them. But the only real problem with Rajon Rondo is his 3-pt. range. But maybe with Korver now in their lineup, they’d compromise on Rondo’s mediocre shooting.
On what transpired from the talks between Griffin and LeBron James, the former said, “I’m going to keep that in house, but it was a good conversation,” he said. “I think we both needed it. I’m happy it happened.” He refused to disclose the details and preferred to keep it private. LeBron James could learn a thing or two from that.
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