LeBron James was widely criticized for his part in the firing of Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt although the Cavs superstar has denied the allegations that he had a hand in Blatt’s removal.
In a recent interview in trying to explain his side, James believes that he’s just misunderstood.
“People get it so misconstrued because I’m a smart basketball player and I’ve voiced my opinion about certain things. What do you guys want me to do? Turn my brain off because I have a huge basketball IQ? If that’s what they want me to do, I’m not going to do it because I’ve got so much to give to the game,” James said to the Akron Beacon Journal on Wednesday.
Blatt was fired earlier this week by the Cavaliers and replaced him with former NBA player Tyronn Lue as head coach. The Cavaliers organization said James had no influence in the decision and he was only notified after the front office decided to fire Blatt.
However, most in the NBA community do not believe the Cavaliers or James as the NBA superstar is considered one of the most powerful players in the league. Some coaches like the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich and Dallas Mavericks’ Rick Carlisle have criticized the Cavaliers for firing Blatt despite his success in Cleveland.
“If I feel I got something that will help our team, ultimately, I like to give it. It helped me get two titles. But I think it does suck that people want to throw my name in dirt for no particular reason, because of speculation or whatever the case may be,” James added.
Blatt led James and the Cavaliers to the 2015 NBA Finals where they lost to the Golden State Warriors. Cleveland remained the top team with Blatt at the helm in the first half of the season but still got fired.
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