I can't believe I am going to say this, but I owe LeBron James an apology. I thought he was the one responsible for getting David Blatt fired. I thought he undermined and emasculated him, eventually grew tired of answering questions about the Cavaliers relative struggles, and went behind his back to management to have him canned. As it turns out, I actually know absolutely nothing about being a Head Coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. It became quite apparent - over the course of this 4 second video - that being a towel rack is just a part of the job description. I know it sounds ridiculous, but letting players throw dirty laundry on him is literally the only thing that Tyronn Lue has done differently then David Blatt. Considering he still has his job I have no choice but to believe that's at least part of the reason why.
How can I possibly blame LeBron here? What has he done over the course of the last 24-48 hours that would make Iman Shumpert - an average bench player - think it was okay to throw sweaty linens on the shoulder of his coach's expensive fitted suit? Nothing differently, that's for sure. Maybe he pushed Tyronn Lue out of the away and talked over him the huddle, but that's not a change in organizational philosophy. If that was causing a rift in the power structure of the team then the Cavaliers would have a new coach every single game. This is just a thing that was built into his contract. Maybe if David Blatt had the lack of self respect that Tyronn Lue does he would still be around to this day. Can't believe he let something as silly as personal pride get in the way of maintaining a gig in professional basketball. Who needs dignity when you are all but guaranteed a demoralizing NBA Finals loss? Who needs to speak, instruct, and teach when they can just collect towels and let the world's most insufferable superstar do their job for them?
h/t Busted Coverage