Did you feel like Dan Gilbert’s letter was racial? “Um, I did. I did. It was another conversation I had to have with my kids. It was unfortunate, because I believed in my heart that I had gave that city and that owner, at that point in time, everything that I had. Unfortunately, I felt like, at that point in time, as an organization, we could not bring in enough talent to help us get to what my vision was. A lot of people say they want to win, but they really don’t know how hard it takes, or a lot of people don’t have the vision. So, you know, I don’t really like to go back on that letter, but it pops in my head a few times here, a few times there. I mean, it’s just human nature. I think that had a lot to do with race at that time, too, and that was another opportunity for me to kind of just sit back and say, ‘Okay, well, how can we get better? How can we get better? How can I get better?’ And if it happens again, then you’re able to have an even more positive outlook on it.”
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Alex Kennedy: LeBron camp is vehemently denying this report. “That source is totally off, especially about the relationship between LeBron and ownership.”
David Griffin’s departure as Cavaliers’ general manager was “a shock” to star forward LeBron James, who can leave as a free agent after next season and moves made now by owner Dan Gilbert will affect his decision. A source close to James told cleveland.com that “LeBron’s a player, Dan’s the boss, this was Dan’s decision,” but also that “LeBron does care about what the roster looks like.”
Howard Beck: Source: LeBron is “disappointed” at Griffin’s departure, as well as the timing, & “concerned” abt what this portends for Cavs going forward.
Howard Beck: Worth noting: LeBron and Griffin had a solid working relationship. James appreciated that Griffin made the moves necessary to win.
Brian Windhorst: Dan Gilbert didn’t consult with LeBron James prior to parting with David Griffin, sources said. James had advocated for Griffin extension
LeBron might have to leave again, as discussed last week on The Ringer, to actually catch the Ghost of Michael Jordan. LeBron could be tempted by the Lakers or Clippers, or some other team with a better roster, a more experienced coach — and a quality owner. That last bit might matter more than one would think.
After that LeBron story was published, a front-office source texted me that morning adding that a big reason LeBron might look elsewhere is due to his still-rocky relationship with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. LeBron’s comments in a video on Uninterrupted were posted hours later and confirmed LeBron’s — and his family’s — tensions with ownership. Gilbert’s infamous Comic Sans letter to James still weighs on his close circle today.
LeBron James and the Cavs’ front office are obviously in an awkward place. So it goes for James and majority owner Dan Gilbert. “He’s the owner of the team, I’m one of the players on the team,” James said after shootaround Friday, in preparation to play the Brooklyn Nets. “I think all 14 guys have a working relationship with our owner. It’s not about me and it’s not about him, so, it’s a non issue.”
ESPN Cleveland: Windhorst: I do think the #Cavs are ok with adding payroll, it just has to be the right move to make the team better.
ESPN Cleveland: Brian Windhorst: “LeBron is saying the Cavs aren’t as committed to winning a championship as he is. That inflamed people in the organization.”
Tension between LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ leadership is centered on payroll spending, multiple sources told ESPN.
James and team owner Dan Gilbert have different viewpoints on the issue, and it has been straining the relationship, sources said. The matter has been exacerbated by the team’s struggles on the court; the Cavs lost for the sixth time in eight games, 116-112 to the Sacramento Kings in overtime, on Wednesday night.
When James was considering a return to the Cavs in 2014, he pressed Gilbert on if he’d be willing to spend unconditionally on talent, regardless of the luxury-tax cost, sources said. Over the course of several meetings with James and his representatives, Gilbert agreed, and James subsequently signed with the team.
The comments angered Gilbert, sources said, because James appeared to imply it was an organizational choice whether to improve or not. This was seen by some as a reference to further spending.
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Former New York Knicks great Bernard King has played and watched basketball for more than 40 years. Yet recently, he has seen something in New York he hadn’t witnessed before: Kristaps Porzingis’ versatility. “He’s been really outstanding,” King said of the Knicks’ third-year big man. “I’ve never seen a 7-foot-3 guy that can hit 3-point shots the way he does. Also, he has a tremendous understanding of basketball and where his placement of his body is on the court in terms of positioning. And how to get position.”
His recent minor shooting slump aside, Porzingis has taken a leap forward this season. His points per game (plus-9.7), free throw attempts per game (plus-3.4) and 3-point field goal percentage (plus-5.5 percent) have all increased significantly this year. King, a Hall of Famer who recently penned a book on his life, has been impressed. “What I see most beyond scoring is his court vision. He has great vision,” King said. “And you don’t always see that in players. And when I say great court vision, he has court vision of a guard. “That’s rare to see that in a big man, particularly of his size. I don’t know if we’ve ever seen that before.”
Candace Buckner: #Bucks are 4-1 since trade of Eric Bledsoe, former UK teammate of John Wall. Bledsoe: “We always talk. We hang out in the summer time every summer. He’s definitely a brother to me & I’m a brother to him. But when we get on the court it’s all abt trying to will our team to win.”
During one training-camp media gathering in October, Bulls general manager Gar Forman strolled through the scrum and asked why there weren’t more preseason stories on forward Paul Zipser. Whether it was out of curiosity or an instance of Forman tooting his own horn for grabbing a then-potential starter in the second round (48th overall) of the 2016 draft was unclear, but bet on the latter. It’s safe to say that Forman isn’t looking to push Zipser stories these days. “Paul is staying positive,’’ coach Fred Hoiberg said Sunday. “I had a good talk with him [Saturday]. He’s still going to get his opportunities.’’
The Mavericks’ center position has turned into a roulette wheel. Spin it. Watch the ball go around. See where it lands and hope that a winning number gets called out. Rick Carlisle is the guy spinning the ball. This comes after Salah Mejri had a string of several games that were productive, including a double-double in the win at Washington. We haven’t even mentioned Nerlens Noel yet and he’s destined to get his shot at some point down the line. “It’s a bit of a by-committee position,” Carlisle said after Dwight Powell’s big night. “We had this three or four years ago when we frequently played three guys in one half. The guys got to roll with it and understand the things they do may only fit in certain stretches. We don’t have the luxury of a rotation right now in indelible ink so far. Which is OK. Sometimes that can keep a team on its toes.”