LeBron James puts Cavaliers on blast after fifth loss in seven games
LeBron James didn’t hold back while expressing dissatisfaction with the current makeup of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ roster in the wake of Monday’s 124-122 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
“I just hope that we’re not satisfied as an organization,” James told reporters after the Cavs’ fifth loss in seven games, via ESPN. “I just hope we’re not satisfied.”
James seemingly is making the point that the acquisition of Kyle Korver on its own isn’t enough to ensure the Cavaliers can successfully defend their NBA title. After the Korver trade, James put the organization on notice that work on the roster was left to be done, saying, “We got to get a point guard.”
Despite boasting the best record in the Eastern Conference (30-13), James believes the Cavaliers are an inferior team to last season’s championship squad.
“We’re not better than last year,” he said. “From a personnel standpoint.”
James’ frustration began to boil over in his continued assessment of the situation, with expletives peppering his comments as he bemoaned the current roster as “top-heavy as (expletive).”
James stressed he wasn’t pointing a finger at anyone in particular, but made it clear he isn’t content to rest on the laurels of an NBA title.
“Yeah, we won [the championship], but (expletive), you know what, let’s see if we can do something,” he said.
James, 32, went on to point out there’s not time for he or the Cavaliers to be stuck in neutral.
“Listen, when I feel like physically and mentally, me personally, can’t compete for a championship no more or I feel like I can’t do it, then I won’t have this problem. But until that happens, and it don’t seem like no time soon …”
It’s hardly surprising for James to speak so candidly. After all, James has long served as the Cavs’ de facto player-coach-general manager in essence if not in name.
“We got to figure it out,” James said of the Cavaliers. “It’s been a (expletive) 2017 so far.”
That said, there’s plenty of time for the Cavaliers to figure things out, be it through a roster upgrade or some other means.