LeBron James is not a happy camper right now. After the Cavs loss to the Anthony Davis less Pelicans, the King went off. According to the Akron Beacon Journal, Bron has been grumbling for weeks about the team’s lack of a backup point guard, saying:
Get me more help. We need more playmakers. We need a backup point guard.
The Cavs are a roster largely “constructed” by Bron (defacto GM) with David Griffin (actual GM) executing the moves. The team recently traded for sharp shooter Kyle Korver which helps with their spacing issues but not when it comes to playmaking. As the roster currently stands, Bron and Kyrie are the only two playmakers on the court. We all know Kyrie, while improved at playmaking, seeks his own shot first.
The Cavs have lost five of seven with Bron in the lineup and when asked about the roster and the front office, he didn’t hold back, saying:
I ain’t got no problems with the front office. I told (Griffin) to his face, so it ain’t like I’m telling y’all to put it on record. I see Griff all the time. One thing about me, if I got something to say, I’m going to tell it to your face. We need a f—— playmaker. I’m not saying you can just go find one, like you can go outside and see trees. I didn’t say that.
Unfortunately, despite the league’s rising salary cap the Cavs are a top heavy roster. When most of your money is tied up in Bron, Kyrie, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson that doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room for depth and the ancillary parts that make a team championship worthy.
The Cavs won last year but it took a monumental comeback and Bron playing at an apex level (plus a Draymond Green suspension). There are not a whole lot of options available and Bron is going to have to roll with the team he has. But Bron is a smart player, he knows what is and isn’t available. This could be one of his not so subtle messages to the rest of his squad to elevate their game to another level. For his teammates, that’s the price you pay when you play with a man chasing all time greatness.
See video of Bron’s postgame comments below.