The Cleveland Cavaliers are in a bit of a funk, and King James is angry about it.
The Cavs have lost five of their last seven games, including a dreadful loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night (who were missing star player Anthony Davis, making the loss that much more painful). After the game, James launched into a lengthy rant about his front office and his teammates.
“I don’t got no time to waste,” James said, according to Jason Lloyd of Ohio.com. “I’ll be 33 in the winter, and I ain’t got time to waste. That’s what I’m talking about.
“When I feel like physically and mentally, me personally, can’t compete for a championship no more or I feel like I can’t do it, then I won’t have this problem. But until that happens, and it don’t seem like no time soon …
“We’re not better than last year, from a personnel standpoint … we’re a top-heavy team,” James said. He added, “I just hope that we’re not satisfied as an organization. I just hope we not satisfied. How hard it was to do that s**t. I just hope we’re not satisfied.”
James has previously been critical of management for not bringing in additional depth to help supplement the Big Three of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and himself.
“No disrespect to DeAndre [Liggins] and to Kay [Felder], you think we can rely on them to help us win a playoff game right now? And it’s no disrespect to them. But it’s like, it’s not fair to them.”
James told reporters he has made sure general manager David Griffin knows how he feels about the current roster.
James added, “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***ing playmaker. I’m not saying you can just go find one, like you can go outside and see trees. I didn’t say that.”
James can see the reality of the situation. The Cavaliers are easily the best team in the Eastern Conference — if everyone stays healthy. Any kind of injury struggles for himself, Love, or Irving, and the whole season could easily be derailed. The backups just aren’t anywhere near the same level.
“For the most part, all championship-contending teams have got guys that are ready to step in,” James said. “Knock on wood, what if Ky goes down? For two weeks. Let’s say two. What if I went down for three weeks?”
Cleveland currently holds a 2.5 game lead in the East over the Toronto Raptors, who have been on a bit of a losing slide themselves. However, if they were in the Western Conference, three other teams would be ahead of them in the standings.