ESPN- "I just hope that we're not satisfied as an organization," James told a small group of beat reporters who travel regularly to cover Cleveland's road games. "I just hope we're not satisfied."
"We're not better than last year," he said. "From a personnel standpoint."
"It's great to have bodies," James said. "Obviously, in the playoffs, you go down to what, eight max? And if somebody gets in foul trouble, you go to nine. You're not playing back-to-backs. You have two days in between. You're able to lock in."
"It's like when you don't have bodies. It's tough," James said. "The f---ing grind of the regular season. We're a top-heavy team. We have a top-heavy team. We top-heavy as s---. It's me, [Kyrie Irving], [Kevin Love]. It's top-heavy."
"I'm not singling out anybody," James said. "I'm not. Yeah, we won [the championship], but f---, you know what, let's see if we can do something.
You know, this little "fuck"-filled diatribe about the current state of the Cleveland Cavaliers would have made a lot more sense if LeBron James had delivered it to himself in the mirror. I honestly can't help but think the reporter that transcribed it was an unwanted third wheel in a conversation between LeBron James the basketball player and LeBron James the General Manager. Make no mistake, he unofficially holds both those titles. I'm not saying he was in the room when the ink dried on the over-inflated contracts of Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith, but you can bet your sweet ass that he was the sole reason they were signed. He obviously wasn't the one who did the snipping, but you there's not a bigger certainty in sports than LeBron James having orchestrated the cutting of ties between the Cleveland Cavaliers and David Blatt.
That's why there's not a rhyme or reason for him to be pointing fingers elsewhere when he's the one making the final say on any and all personnel decisions. Maybe this is just a preemptive excuse after the Warriors fortified their already formidable roster with the ultimate mercenary during the offseason, and maybe some people that don't realize how much organizational power he has will actually buy it. I, for one, won't be included in that group. Not only because bitching about having a "top heavy" roster in a league where the only other alternative is having a roster that's "light work" is incredibly stupid, but because the person doing the bitching is the person pulling all the strings for a franchise that has no choice but to let themselves get treated like his own personal puppet. I don't know why this random, spur-of-the-moment tirade was so contentious when he was really just condemning himself, but maybe it's like that scene in 'Me, Myself, And Irene' when Jim Carrey's multiple personalities are beating each other's sole ass for control of their lone mouth.