YardBarker- Tyronn Lue wants the Cavaliers playing a more up-tempo style of basketball, and while James doesn’t exactly sound sure as to why – the Cavaliers played slower under David Blatt and had success with it – he’s going along with it.
“I don’t know. We don’t know,” James said, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “This is what Coach wants. This is what Coach wants to do, and this is what we’re going to do. This isn’t a LeBron thing. I’m talking out of IQ of the game, but this is what Coach wants to do, so this is what we’re going to do.”
It sounds like James will get to run the floor now. As for Lue’s complaints that the Cavaliers aren’t in good enough shape to run the offense the way he wants, James said that shouldn’t be an issue.
“I don’t think I’m in bad shape at all, just need to get in better shape for what we want to do, but I’m not that far off,” James said. “I can get there in less than a week.”
Ut oh, guess the Cavaliers should have looked into this one before dismissing their thoughtless head coach that just stood around and looked busy while LeBron did whatever he wanted to do. This would have never happened under him. Implementing a new strategy that wasn't solely LeBron's idea? Talk about a recipe for disaster. Giving LeBron a potential justification to have you fired if your new style of play doesn't perfectly replicate what he thinks is best is the quickest way to get yourself fired. How do you think David Blatt lasted so long? He shut his goddamn mouth, clapped, nodded, and occasionally said some stuff so people would get the impression that he was coaching.
While running the floor might not be "a LeBron thing", LeBron referring to LeBron's lack of involvement in a coaching decision as "a LeBron thing" is the most LeBron thing of all time. Jesus, the guy can't help himself. Even when he is trying to come off as the type of player that listens to his coaches orders instead of making them for him he still comes off as a self involved douche. Don't worry guys, this wasn't a LeBron thing. In fact, he doesn't even know why it's happening. Probably just a random installment that Tyronn Lue is making to spice things up. Can't imagine it has too much to do with getting run off the floor by their potential competition in the finals exactly one week ago. They wouldn't let one game effect how they make organization decisions. It's not like they just fired a head coach between then and now or anything. The Cavaliers are just playing more uptempo to get the team in shape, not as an overreaction to getting absolutely embarrassed on their home court by the most efficient up-tempo team in the NBA. Definitely not. Swing and a...