David Griffin Rumors
Harrison Faigen: Griffin said on “The Jump” he made his point poorly, and that he was talking about the media portrayal and scrutiny. He said he struggled to deal with that, not struggled to work with LeBron.
Harrison Faigen: David Griffin on his relationship with LeBron, via the Jump: “I would say that my relationship with LeBron and Rich was very strong, and remains very strong… (We) enjoyed working together.”
Oleh Kosel: David Griffin: “The writer got a great deal of information from many, many people in the organization about our team and what we were trying to do so I’m disappointed that the story became about me and a sensationalized version of quotes that were totally taken out of context.”
They of course found vindication in 2016, historically overcoming a 3-1 series deficit against the 73-9 Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. The following season, however, brought that fantasy summer crashing back to reality. James’ contagious hunger to deliver a championship for Northeast Ohio dissipated. “There wasn’t a lot else for him,” Griffin says. “I don’t think he’s the same animal anymore about winning.” Many in the NBA now suggest James harbors two priorities: enduring to team with his eldest son, Bronny, and one day owning a franchise. The rest of the Cavaliers, in kind, hibernated on their laurels. After sporting the league’s 10th best defense the season prior, Cleveland plummeted to dead last as defending champions. The Cavs believed they could sleepwalk through the Eastern Conference—although to be fair, they practically did. “There was somebody better than me at keeping them on task after we won,” Griffin says. “I did a really s****y job of bringing enough urgency to the next year.”
Griffin told Sports Illustrated for a story published Thursday that the annual challenge of building a title contender around James was too stressful, even if it did result in a championship in 2016. “Everything we did was so inorganic and unsustainable and, frankly, not fun. I was miserable,” Griffin said. “Literally the moment we won the championship I knew I was gonna leave. There was no way I was gonna stay for any amount of money.”
Sources close to James told ESPN on Thursday they were “shocked” at Griffin’s characterization of the superstar. James seemingly addressed the Griffin story via a tweet on Thursday without mentioning him by name.