LeBron James believes that the Cleveland Cavaliers have a better roster last season. “The King” continues to pressure the front office, urging them to add a playmaker on their team.
James expressed his frustrations after a 124-122 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night. Despite James and Irving’s impressive performance, the Cavaliers were still unable to beat the Anthony Davis-less Pelicans. According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, “The King” doesn’t see their current roster winning Larry O’Brien Trophy this season.
“It’s great to have bodies,” James said. “Obviously, in the playoffs, you go down to what, eight max? And if somebody gets in foul trouble, you go to nine. You’re not playing back-to-backs. You have two days in between. You’re able to lock in. … It’s like when you don’t have bodies. It’s tough. The f–king grind of the regular season. We’re a top-heavy team. We have a top-heavy team. We top-heavy as s–t. It’s me, [Kyrie Irving], [Kevin Love]. It’s top-heavy.”
LeBron James urges the Cavaliers to add a playmaker
The Cavaliers undeniably have one of the best starters in the league but they obviously lack depth. Earlier this month, they acquired Kyle Korver from the Atlanta Hawks, giving them another threat on the perimeter. After that, LeBron James continues to remind the Cavaliers that they need a playmaker.
After losing Matthew Dellavedova, they added rookie Kay Felder to serve as the primary backup for Kyrie Irving. Unfortunately, Felder couldn’t provide the needed support for the Cavs’ second unit. Per ESPN, the Cavaliers only have two players, Irving and James, who average more than two assists per game. Other contender teams like the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs have seven.
“[The Spurs] have bodies,” James said. “For the most part, all championship-contending teams has got guys that are ready to step in. Knock on wood, what if [Irving] goes down? For two weeks. Let’s say two. What if I went down for three weeks?”
The Spurs and the Warriors clearly have the advantage when it comes to their second unit. Without LeBron James, the Cavaliers only won four out of 18 games in the last three season. General manager David Griffin understands James’ sentiments and believes that they should capitalize on the superstar’s remaining years.
As the February deadline draws near, the Cavaliers are expected to be highly active on the trade market. Names of Rajon Rondo, Jameer Nelson, and Deron Williams emerged on the Cavs’ list. James may be putting too much pressure on his team but it only shows how determined he is in winning the NBA championship title this season.
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