Cleveland.com- James has not and will not, throughout the course of the season, go to management seeking Blatt's removal, a league source said. That level of authority is not in his job description.
"Listen man, I don't pay no bills around here. I play," James said following Monday's practice.
If you're waiting for a ringing endorsement from James on behalf of Blatt, it's not happening. It's much too soon.
"He's our coach, I mean, what other coach do we have?" James said.
There is immense pressure to keep The King happy.
James, who turns 30 today, has no intention of compromising his prime years playing for a sputtering organization. He can opt out of his contract at the end of the season and become a free agent.
Given the massive scrutiny he would endure if he departed Cleveland a second time, if his hand is forced, I'm told he won't hesitate to make the appropriate business decision if it means bolting.
LeBron James runs the Cleveland Cavaliers, there is absolutely no doubt about that. He has been seen boxing out his own head coach to lead the huddle. Hell, he all but orchestrated a deal to bring in Kevin Love days after rejoining the franchise. However, if you want to take on the role of GM and Coach, then you better be ready to accept the criticism that comes with it. Don't turn your back when things don't go smoothly. At least stand by your coach, the guy who is basically letting you run your own NBA franchise. The extent of his endorsement of his coach was "he is a coach". Thanks Bron Bron. What a selfless 'team guy'.
The issue is that LeBron basically treats the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise like a kid going away to college. He is essentially the kid that grew up in Cleveland and then went away to school. The kid who left to better himself and take on a better opportunity. Now he is moving back into his parents house post-grad and taking advantage of all the leeway he is being given. He's leaving his laundry all over the house. Leaving dirty dishes in the sink. Stumbling home drunk a couple nights a week and waking the whole house. And every time his parents question him he threatens, either directly or indirectly, to move back out again. Somehow, he thinks his presence is such a present to those around him that he can demand everything without subsequently inheriting any responsibility.
It seems he has learned nothing from his experience in Miami. There are no fingers to point. He assembled this team upon entering the door. He runs the plays. He coaches on the sidelines. The guy has been back in town for 31 games and he's already acknowledging his ability to leave, AGAIN, upon season's end. Do I think he will? No, but the fact that it is even a question is a glimpse into how he thinks. Can't be his fault. He's the best player in the world. Always looking for greener pastures. Always looking for the easiest way to a championship. LeBron back to Cleveland isn't the fairytale the media would like you to believe. It was a convenient way for him to play on a younger and more talented team, while gaining back the favor he lost with his hometown when he all but kicked them in the dick and spit in their face on his way out. That is pretty evident when stories like these get leaked. It's not about LeBron winning a championship for Cleveland, it is about LeBron winning another championship for LeBron.
UPDATE: In case you still drink the LeBron KoolAid. Here is a nice little vine of him telling Dwayne Wade…
"Like I said if things don’t get better this year we’re gonna re-unite again and do bigger and better things."