Cavaliers brass have talked to LeBron James about recent antics
LeBron James reportedly has had discussions with both Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue and general manager David Griffin this week to address his somewhat peculiar behavior of late.
The issues addressed in these conversations differed in that Lue confronted James about chit-chatting with pal Dwyane Wade at halftime during the Cavs’ 122-101 loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday with the team down by 21 points.
Griffin, meanwhile, addressed James’ recent behavior in a more general way, particularly related to how the superstar has been igniting firestorms with not only his social media antics but also how reports surfaced regarding his stated desire to assemble a superteam with three of his best NBA pals.
Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon reports that James apologized to Lue for his conduct during Saturday’s disappointing loss to the Heat.
“I just told him we can’t have that, being down like we were and him being the leader,” Lue said. “Just me being a competitor, I didn’t like it. We had a long talk about it. It was good. He understood, he apologized, and he’s been great.”
Griffin’s task in getting on the same page with James probably proved much more difficult. James has seemed to make a habit of posting cryptic messages on social media over the past several weeks (here and hereand here), causing some consternation in the Cavaliers organization and prompting suspicion that James could possibly be orchestrating his ultimate departure once again from Cleveland.
This speculation was compounded by James unfollowing the Cavaliers, among others, on social media, although he ultimately re-followed the team on Instagram.
The latest drama surrounding James involved him discussing how he would like to one day play on a team with pals Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul.
“I don’t know how realistic it could be,” James said Wednesday. “It would definitely be cool if it happened, but we don’t know how realistic it could be to have us four, but, I mean, if you got an opportunity to work with three of your best friends, no matter what … I don’t know if it can even happen, but it would be cool.”
Interestingly, James made those comments to The Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck all the way back in February. The fact that his thoughts just surfaced amid all the other issues involving James makes them that much more ominous.
James seemed to indicate some of his recent behavior stems from his desire to get into postseason mode. And if two recent performances are any indication — 26 points, six rebounds, eight assists in a 113-104 win over the Bucks Wednesday and a triple-double 33-point, 11-rebound, 11-assist on Monday in a 124-91 victory over the Nuggets — he’s ready to roll.