David Griffin Rumors
Griffin believes the mid-season coaching change from David Blatt to Tyronn Lue helped the Cavs in terms of becoming a closer team. “Ty made guys more accountable in terms of film study and being more beholden,” he said. Griffin said one of Lue’s themes to the players is, “This is a competition, not a show.”
Griffin admits he and the coaching staff struggled with how much to rest players and how to squeeze the most of the regular season. “The residue of all the injuries at the end of last season left a bad taste with everyone,” he said. “There has been a very measured approach from the sports science (department) working to avoid all the kind of gut-wrenching injuries that we had last year.”
And there is no one in the locker room remotely capable of saying or doing anything that he would feel compelled to heed. Understand this: there are maybe four or five people on earth that could do so, which is part of the challenge of putting a team around James. His knowledge of the game is unassailable; his physical gifts still formidable. There really aren’t that many other people who can tell him much about basketball. Alpha males don’t have antennae for non-alphas. That is Griffin’s fault. The Cavs thought tabbing Lue as Blatt’s replacement would at least put a person in charge that James would respect, and hold accountable, and he does. But it’s still a heavy lift for a young coach who’s just finding his own voice and does have to coach the rest of the team as well.
Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com on The Dan Patrick Show: They were highly pissed. I knew this for a fact. They were highly ticked off, this team, when the team didn’t re-sign Kendrick Perkins and they ended up picking up over the summer Sasha Kaun – a 29-, 30-year-old rookie who has not really played at all and I don’t really think is ready for the NBA. So, he’s collecting about $2 million right now a season and not even playing. Kendrick Perkins would’ve been brought back for the veteran’s minimum. Players – I know for a fact, I talked to them – they were highly ticked off about that, not bringing him back. Because it wasn’t about his numbers. It was about the intangibles, the emotional leadership and the enforcer, the enforcement role he brought to the team.