Fansided- On his way to carrying the Cavs against the Golden State Warriors, though, apparently LeBron did so with little-to-no respect for head coach David Blatt. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, James repeatedly “emasculated” Blatt throughout the course of the Finals in different ways and instances. From Stein’s report:
And we likewise saw LeBron emasculate Blatt in ways that are simply unbecoming of a player of James’ legend-in-the-making stature.
I saw it from close range in my role as sideline reporter through the Finals for ESPN Radio. LeBron essentially calling timeouts and making substitutions. LeBron openly barking at Blatt after decisions he didn’t like. LeBron huddling frequently with Lue and so often looking at anyone other than Blatt.
There was LeBron, in one instance I witnessed from right behind the bench, shaking his head vociferously in protest after one play Blatt drew up in the third quarter of Game 5, amounting to the loudest nonverbal scolding you could imagine.
Which forced Blatt, in front of his whole team, to wipe the board clean and draw up something else.
Stein went on to voice his opinion that, even after his individual performance in the Finals, this isn’t a good look for LeBron. Moreover, Stein also cited a report from Brian Windhorst on a radio show that said LeBron wouldn’t mind keeping Blatt around because he enjoyed kicking him around.
You know, people generally think that men have an innate thirst for power and control. While that may be true, what we really strive for is the perception of power and control. Being in charge is a lot of responsibility. Looking like you are in charge is far less. Fuck doing a bunch of work. We would rather just have the ability to tell people how much work we do. Ironically enough, David Blatt, while having the honor of being one of only 30 head coaches in the NBA, has none of the recognition that goes along with it. He's got the job requirements. The obligations. The predisposition to criticism. Yet none of the respect that comes with his occupation. Really pretty ass backwards if you ask me. Kind of begs the age old question of whether you would rather be rich or powerful. Would your rather be a neutered NBA coach or one of the most revered coaches in Europe?.
You know, if LeBron had it his way the Cleveland Cavaliers wouldn't even have a head coach. Perfect world David Blatt would just be a professional scapegoat. He's not far from that now. LeBron would love to call all the plays and run all his sets, then turn and point at the Jew sitting over in the corner if any of those decisions ended going poorly. Not that you can really blame Blatt too much. He's basically the guy in high school that is dating the virgin chick that is way too hot for him. He carries her books. Buys her things. Treats her like a princess. All in hopes that the one day she finally opens her legs he will be the person doing the spreading. In this scenario the cherry popping would be bringing an NBA championship to Cleveland. Will LeBron win Blatt a championship before he gets him fired? That's the question. Will the countless acts of emasculation be made worth it with a ring and the premier addition to his resume? Will dealing with the fully grown equivalent of a petulant child crying in the candy aisle pay off in the end? For the sake of Blatt's sanity and future coaching career, he better hope so. If his time watching LeBron James roll his eyes and stomp his feet are all for naught then he will have spent his tenure in the NBA as a head coach in name only.