Cavs Ex-Coach Blatt Probably Laughing as LeBron’s Un-Coached Cavs Fall to Warriors Who Use Heat’s “Pace-and-Space” System
LeBron James was falsely criticized by the national media as “selfishly” going to the Miami Heat, where he would have to learn the team game of basketball.
Now, his Cavs are ironically failing because they’re a totally un-coached squad.
David Blatt must be laughing at the struggles of a team filled with divas, who didn’t want to play team basketball, or team defense and having Lebron has already maximized what can be done with talent, reflexes and old-school playground-style hero ball.
And Lebron doesn’t even realize why he’s losing, saying this to the New York Times:
“These guys put you in so many mental positions where you have to figure it out, and they make you pay for it when you don’t,” James said.
The Warriors are led by Coach of the Year Steve Kerr, and they use the very same “Pace-and-Space” system which Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra perfected just to manage LeBron’s unique skill set just a few short years ago.
Spoelstra used his now-ubiquitous brand of small-ball to guide the Heat to two NBA Championships before LeBron gave up on defense and teamwork in 2014, antecedent to his departure back to Cleveland.
Note: This author predicted a Miami Heat with Lebron small-ball strategy in 2011.
It also worked for the Showtime Lakers and Boston Celtics in the 1980s who combined to win most of that decade’s titles.
Now Kerr has made a max-contract player and superstar out of Draymond Green by placing him into the system in which LeBron James thrived.
LeBron is either blissfully unaware that basketball is a team game, or so in contempt of the squad he fielded as Player/Coach/General Manager that he summed up last night’s calamitous NBA Finals Game 2 loss thusly as reported by the New York Times:
After waiting outside the interview room for Lue to finish with reporters on Sunday night, he sat down, removed his sunglasses, picked up the microphone as if he were hosting a charity event and took responsibility forGame 2’s 110–77 obliteration of his team on top of the not-that-close 104–89 beating it took in Game 1.
He called himself out for carelessness with the ball, for committing seven of his team’s 17 turnovers in Game 2, for not making life easier for his overwhelmed teammates.
Lebron had this to say:
“I’m not disappointed in our guys or frustrated,” he said. “I’m one of the guys who kind of always wants to shoulder the blame and take the blame when we don’t play as well as we should. It’s just who I am and I’ve got to be better.”
For those counting, the number of the letter “I” in team is zero. The number of I’s in Lebron’s statement is four.
But to LeBron it seems that the one four letter word LeBron James dare not use to describe the Cavaliers today is “team.”
Because he didn’t say it once.