LeBron James on Cavs’ 0-3 preseason start: ‘Nah, it’s not frustrating’
LeBron James quite reasonably declared that an 0-3 start to the preseason from his undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers squad has not been the source of any stress, worry or consternation.
“Nah, it’s not frustrating,” James said Monday after Cleveland’s 91-81 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, via Northeast Ohio Media Group. “You get frustrated in September, October, you won’t make it. I’m good.”
Quite frankly, it would have been disconcerting had James admitted he’s frustrated by finding the Cavaliers winless in exhibition games. Not only is the team playing without rehabbing stars Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and Iman Shumpert, it is also navigating Tristan Thompson’s holdout and J.R. Smith’s wonky hamstring.
The preseason in the NBA — as is the case in nearly every professional sport — is virtually devoid of any real meaning. It’s sole purpose is to allow players to ease back into playing shape courtesy of some inconsequential exhibitions in which star players spend as much time watching from the bench as on the court. Preseason games are more often the source of unnecessary hand-wringing and meaningless speculation than an indicator of how a team will fare in the regular season, something James acknowledged in further comments.
“You gauge it by seeing the things we’ve done on the practice floor and doing it in the game, and I think we’ve been doing that,” he said. “Some of the new sets we put in, even with the guys that’s out there … and that’s moving forward.
“To say this is who we are, that’s not who we are. We have so many guys out. We have our top two point guards out, our top two shooting guards out right now, as well as our power forward and also a guy who’s not with us right now, that’s our top two power forwards. So, the guys that’s here I commend them for doing the job.”
And no one is going to remember that the Cavaliers were 0-3 in the preseason a month from now anyway.