On a night when LeBron James became just the sixth player in NBA history to reach the 30,000 point plateau, not to mention being the youngest in history to reach that mark, the story that swirls around the Cavs is the utter turmoil within their locker room.
James took time away from congratulating his younger self on his accomplishment (the flux capacitor is REAL) to avoid any mention of the reported players-only meeting blow-up prior to their game against San Antonio. Most outlets have reported that a shouting match erupted after a closed-door meeting among the Cavs’ roster with the consensus of finger-pointing being directed at Kevin Love.
Love allegedly was experiencing light-headedness and a migraine prior to the Cavs’ beat down at home at the hands of the Thunder, (they allowed 148 points in an embarrassing loss), left Quicken Arena at halftime, and was a no-show for practice the following day. Head Coach Tyron Lue relented that Love expressed his discomfort but would attempt to play in the game.
Many have surmised that James allowed this information to leak to the press-everyone knows whose locker room that is. However LeBron, along with Jorge Calderon, is one of the only teammates that feeds Love the ball in his newfound position as the center for the Cavs, for which he has earned yet another All-Star appointment.
On a night when LeBron James became just the sixth player in NBA history to reach the 30,000 point plateau, not to mention being the youngest in history to reach
With three former MVPs on the roster, one would think that this should be a stable, veteran-led team- they are the oldest roster, on average, in the NBA. So is this Lue’s inability to control his team or an inability of the executives to make a move to solidify the bench?
The Cavs’ execs (many of whom were hired after James allegedly had General Manager David Griffin fired) have been at the mercy of James who seemingly asks for “help” more than the boy who cried wolf. Tristan Thompson has been a shell of himself, notching 1 rebound in 19 minutes against the Spurs on Tuesday night.
JR Smith’s box score versus the Spurs read like a DNP, no points in 20+ minutes. Isaiah Thomas has not been able to get the lift, meld with the other scorers, nor regain the explosiveness he was coveted for prior to his hip injury.
A move to get a rim-protector, most notably the name DeAndre Jordan has been bandied about, is tantamount with the Cavs’ middling defense. But the Cavs’ only assets are a 1st round pick and Kevin Love.
With the perceived advent of a LeBron exodus from Cleveland, a rebuild will require that pick. Kevin Love stands to be the core of the team if that does indeed transpire. Love has dealt with the chaos in Cleveland and only has one ring to show for it- no small feat but he could have solidified a place in the Hall of Fame, with fewer headaches, on any other team.