LeBron James has little to say about relationship with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert
LeBron James on Friday wasn’t inclined to discuss in any detail his relationship with Cleveland Cavaliers own Dan Gilbert amid reports the two are butting heads over that state of the team, specifically concerning payroll.
A tight-lipped James suggested after Cavs shootaround that his relationship with Gilbert isn’t any more important than the ones the owner has with the rest of the players on the roster.
“He’s the owner of the team, I’m one of the players on the team,” James said, via Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon. “I think all 14 guys have a working relationship with our owner. It’s not about me and it’s not about him, so, it’s a non issue.”
James ignited a firestorm of controversy with a rant following Monday’s 124-122 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, which was the fifth loss in seven games for Cavs, now losers of six of eight after a 116-112 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
James’ expletive-ridden diatribe included his critique that the Cavs roster in its current incarnation is “top-heavy as (expletive)” and “not better than last year, from a personnel standpoint.”
“I just hope that we’re not satisfied as an organization,” James said, adding the Cavs “need a (expletive) playmaker.”
James on Tuesday attempted to tone down the rhetoric by taking to Twitter to argue the Cavaliers will “bounce back.”
Sources later told ESPN that James and Cavs general manager David Griffin held a one-on-one meeting to discuss the superstar’s conduct, which reportedly left the team’s front office in “amazed disbelief” and Gilbert irate over James questioning the organization’s commitment to winning another title.
However, a different team source deemed James’ actions as “brilliant,” as the Cavaliers seem to thrive on drama and adversity.
If James set out to create drama and adversity, he more than accomplished his goal.
Interestingly, and as a rebuttal to James’ criticism, a Forbes report reveals the Cavaliers organization lost a stunning $44 million last season despite winning its first NBA title.
Suffice to say, any attempt to make the argument Gilbert and the Cavaliers aren’t willing to spend the requisite money to pursue another championship would be foolish.