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"It was like an 800-pound gorilla as the season moved on," one person involved with the team said. "You could just see LeBron connecting to [Lue] and turning his back on David."
Let's be clear about James' role here. Did he storm into Dan Gilbert's office after the Golden State debacle and demand that Blatt be fired? Absolutely not. But it has been clear pretty much since the day LeBron returned from Miami that he and Blatt were mismatched. More important, it has been clear within the team for months that James would welcome a scenario in which Lue, with whom James has a close relationship, takes over as head coach. James didn't ask the Cavs to fire Blatt, according to a person familiar with his role. Then again, he didn't have to. James is fully on board with Lue, 38, whose most memorable NBA accomplishment until now was getting stepped-over by Allen Iverson in the 2001 Finals.
David Blatt has faced similar issues. LeBron James, Brendan Haywood confirmed, called a players-only meeting in training camp last season and defined everyone's role without the coaches present. Blatt's plan to run the Princeton offense was reduced—some say at James' request—to make room for Doc Rivers' Boston play sets, which put associate head coach and former Rivers assistant Tyronn Lue in charge. James also changed a last-second play called by Blatt in Game 4 of their second-round playoff series with the Bulls, the result being a game-winner by James, a series tied 2-2 and the distinct impression that Blatt's authority had been compromised.
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