The Hypocrisy Of LeBron’s First Month Back With The Cavaliers, In Two Short Videos
The Cavaliers are 5-7 through the first month of the 2014 season, which means nothing in the scheme of things. In all likelihood, we'll look back on this time of turbulence years from now and laugh, wondering how Cleveland could have gone so long without a sports championship, or how people survived without Google search bars (brought to you by Verizon and Starbucks) implanted directly in their brains. Right now, though, things are fragile and awkward and weird.
At the center of this mini-mess is LeBron James, the savior of the city, who has been equal parts (purposely?) disinterested and player-coach-father figure to his young teammates. Although it's clear that LeBron is the best player on the team, not to mention the most experienced in the ways of winning, his actions over the first 12 games have been in the vein of a hypocritical parent: Do as I say, not as I do.
Case in point: Saturday's game against the Raptors, which the Cavs lost 110-93. A Vine of LeBron showing clear frustration with his teammates went viral, because it had the word "fuck" in it:
Getting upset with your teammates for not cutting to the hoop, a basic basketball action -- understandable. But if you were watching the game just a few minutes earlier, you saw this:
That's right: It's Lou Williams... cutting to the basket! Williams gets the easy score because LeBron is ball-watching and lazy and doesn't keep track of his man. That's some James Harden-level shit right there. Is that where the cutting idea came from?
If you want to lead, you have to lead by example, and that means putting in effort on every play and not letting replacement-level dudes run by you for lay-ups, only to get mad at your teammates for not expending more energy than you on the other end of the floor. If LeBron wants to be the coach, he should be the coach. If he wants to be a player, he's got to play, and not get roasted by Lou Williams. It's pretty simple, really.