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LeBron James: If Cavs don’t succeed ‘then I feel like I’ve failed’

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LeBron James has been critical of late over the play of the Cleveland Cavaliers so far this season. On Tuesday, he suggested the onus is on him as the team’s leader to point out the team’s shortcomings. And should the Cavs fail to succeed? It’s on his shoulders.

“I’m the leader of this team, whatever it takes,” James said, via Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Joe Vardon. “So if it’s laying into them, I’ll do that. Also, lead other ways as well. Obviously, that makes more headlines than others.

“Obviously, whatever this team needs, I’m going to do. I’m going to hold everyone accountable including myself. I expect nothing less than greatness out of all of us, and if we’re not able to do that, then I feel like I’ve failed.”

James recently called out the Cavaliers for what he perceived as a lack of  effort in the light of how the team has spotted leads to opponents that require frenetic comebacks, something he attributed to giving “a half-ass effort sometimes.”

James added that he believes the Cavs are not a “great team.” Yet.

“We have to get better in every facet of the game, and that’s every single facet of the game,” he said.

It warrants pointing out that the Cavaliers are 8-2 on the season, but James clearly hasn’t seen enough from the team to allow his teammates to go on autopilot for stretches during games without comment. James was caught on camera castigating his teammates during Saturday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, which snapped the Cavs’ eight-game winning streak.

Tristan Thompson, in commenting upon James’ criticism, backed his teammate’s actions, saying on Monday, “That’s what we expect from our leader.”

James obviously serves as much more than the team leader on the court — as evidenced on more than one occasion — so it’s hardly surprising he assumes a lot of responsibility for how the Cavaliers perform and takes it personally when the squad isn’t performing up to snuff … so far as he sees it.