Cavs hope LeBron James’ Halloween party breaks team out of funk
The Cleveland Cavaliers sit at a surprising 3-4 after dropping a third straight game Sunday, losing to the New York Knicks by a score of 114-95.
While it’s certainly not time to hit the panic button just yet, Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue suggested LeBron James’ annual Halloween party Monday night may be just what the struggling team needs to blow off some steam and reset.
Lue believes the players just need to “get their spirits right.” And a party could do the trick, Lue believes, adding “it’s going to be like this” until the team breaks out of its collective funk.
Count Dwyane Wade among the camp who thinks James’ Halloween party could help usher in some much-needed levity.
“Only thing we can do as a group, as unit is take (Monday) off, enjoy ourselves, Halloween party, come in Tuesday and figure out ways to get better each day,” Wade said, via Cleveland.com. “That’s the only thing you’re going to do and we have to get out of it together.”
While James’ All Hallows’ Eve shindig should prove to be a festive occasion, it probably will lack the outright sinister level of trolling that occurred at last year’s party, when Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors served as fodder.
The Cavaliers of course rallied back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals the previous season. With the Cavs being steamrolled by the same Warriors in the 2017 Finals, odds are the level of snark — at least in that regard — will be minimal.
That said, despite the Cavs stumbling out of the gate, James isn’t about to overreact.
“What month is this for me? What is this? October? I’m not about to go crazy over it right now,” James said. “It’s too long of a season and I’ve been a part of this too many times so, I’m the wrong guy to ask. I’m too positive right now.”
That sounds like the kind of attitude one should expect out of a party host, right? Gloom and doom wouldn’t be apropos, even for a spooky Halloween soiree.