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Having LeBron James makes it all worth it.
That’s a mantra the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ front office and even some of his teammates sometimes have to chant to themselves. At times, during the chop of an NBA season, it can be easy to lose perspective.
Right now might be one of those times. James put his front office on alert Monday night after the Cavs lost in New Orleans — their fifth loss in seven games — despite the Pelicans being without star Anthony Davis.
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During the slow burn, he uttered a stream of expletives, saying things like “We top-heavy as s—” and “We need a f—ing playmaker” and “It’s been a s—ty 2017 so far.”
After sleeping on it, James sent this tweet (and this one) on Tuesday that managed to back general manager David Griffin and apply pressure at the same time. This is what James does, and he executes it perfectly.
“I appreciate the fact that he’s really trying to keep us moving in the right direction,” Griffin said two weeks ago when James last went public with a request to add a point guard to the roster.
In a separate interview that week, Griffin told The Vertical: “If you don’t capitalize on the years he has left, then shame on us.”
Griffin knows the mantra.
It’s at least the third time James has publicly talked about the roster over the last month. Behind the scenes, James has been even more forceful.
There are a lot of advanced stats that can tell this tale, but staying basic will do just fine. The Cavs have two players who average more than two assists per game: James and Kyrie Irving. The Golden State Warriors have seven. The San Antonio Spurs have seven. This is what James sees, and it has irritated him for weeks.
Here are more basic truths: In his 14th season, and after six straight years of Finals runs, James