LeBron James, tired of waiting for David Blatt, starts practice himself
LeBron James grew so impatient with Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt holding court with the media that he led his teammates onto the actual court and started the practice himself.
Blatt was fielding questions from reporters at Madison Square Garden prior to a morning shootaround ahead of Friday night’s game against the New York Knicks when James let the media know he was growing tired of their endless questioning of the coach.
“How many more (not nice word) questions y’all gonna ask?” James yelled after Blatt had been conducting his pre-shootaround media session for about eight minutes.
Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Joe Varndon reports that James then instructed his teammates to grab a basketball and “get up and down” to start the shootaround.
Blatt took it all and stride, telling reporters in mid-sentence that “he’s also anxious to practice, so let me get over there.”
Media session over.
Given how rocky the relationship seemed to be in the initial weeks and months of Blatt’s coaching tenure with the Cavs last season — although James has since on several occasions gone out of his way to praise his head coach — this would seem to be merely a confirmation who actually is running the show in Cleveland.
James, after all, has long been considered the team’s de facto player-coach-general manager — something seemingly confirmed by comments recently made by general manager David Griffin — so perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising he started Friday’s shootaround on his own. Overall, though, what occurred Friday morning is nothing more than a team leader doing what he’s supposed to do: Lead.