LeBron Says He’s Sad About Getting Blamed For Blatt’s Firing, Which Is B.S.
It's ok to be sad. Being sad is normal. But is it ok to feign sadness because people think you did something that jives with your legacy of doing THAT EXACT THING? Whether he's genuinely upset or not, LeBron James doesn't have much of a leg to stand on when it comes to defending his claim that Cavaliers head coach David Blatt was fired without his approval/insistence. To see why that is, let's look at an abridged LeBron James timeline to see why people have been speculating that he was instrumental in the mid-season coaching change.
June, 2003: Drafted first-overall, immediately becomes superstar after gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated as a high school student.
April, 2005: Cavs coach Paul Silas is fired with 18 games left in the season.
Summer 2005: Mike Brown is appointed head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
June 2010: Cavaliers fire Mike Brown, hire Byron Scott because LeBron makes it clear he wants a coach with NBA experience.
July 2010: LeBron holds bizarre, self-important press conference announcing his decision to leave for Miami -- a team coached by someone with no NBA experience.
October 2010-June 2014: LeBron lobbies to have Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra fired.
“With the Miami Heat, LeBron James — before and after his four seasons when his contract was up with the team — made it clear that he wanted to dump head coach Erik Spoelstra,” said Miami Heat co-owner Raanan Katz. “At one point, Pat Riley called LeBron into his office said that no one will tell him how to run the organization. Riley told James that Spoelstra is his guy and that firing Spoelstra is out of the question. That was the main reason LeBron returned to Cleveland.”
July 2014: LeBron returns to the Cavaliers, who plucked head coach David Blatt out of obscurity just three weeks earlier.
August 2014: Presumably at the request of LeBron, the Cavaliers trade first-round pick Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love.
November 2014: LeBron is routinely seen commandeering the Cavs' huddle from coach Blatt, disregarding his play calls, calling timeouts and making his own substitutions.
January 2015: LeBron bumps David Blatt while coming off the floor after a timeout.
June 2015: LeBron's mutiny during the NBA Finals becomes so pronounced that people in the stands take notice, including ESPN's Marc Stein.
"...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. James essentially called timeouts and made substitutions. He openly barked at Blatt after decisions he didn't like. He huddled frequently with Lue, often looking at anyone other than Blatt.
There was James, 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.
January 22, 2016: David Blatt is fired following a blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors, LeBron-ally and Cavs associate head coach Tyronn Lue steps in.
January 24, 2016: Amid speculation that he facilitated Blatt's firing, LeBron claims he had nothing to do with it, says he was "surprised."
January 28, 2016: LeBron tells Brian Windhorst he's sad that people think he was the reason Blatt was fired.
Windhorst: LeBron is hurting because he is stung by the criticism of being blamed for David Blatt’s firing. #Cavs
— ESPN Cleveland (@ESPNCleveland) January 28, 2016
Hmmm, ok. You're entitled to your feelings, dude, and we understand if you're sad about the bed you've made for yourself over the last 13 years, just don't come crying to us about how WE FEEL about you. We have our reasons, trust us.
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