CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – It has been a strange week for the Cavs following LeBron James’ critical comments Monday night.
The team has lost 3 straight and 6 of their last 8 overall and James has done or said nothing to douse the brush fire he started at the beginning of the week by calling out the organization for not replacing Mo Williams and inferring that owner Dan Gilbert is not living up to his promise to spend whatever it takes to win despite Cleveland owning the highest payroll and luxury tax burden in the league.
Friday morning during shootaround prior to their game with the Brooklyn Nets James was asked once again about his relationship with Gilbert, which although cordial, appears to still be somewhat frosty.
“He’s the owner of the team, I’m one of the players on the team,” James said. “I think all 14 guys have a working relationship with our owner. It’s not about me and it’s not about him, so, it’s a non issue.”
Feeling The Love – Kevin Love did not watch the announcement of the All Star reserves on TNT Thursday night. Instead he ate dinner and learned that he was selected thanks to a text from a member of the Cavs media relations staff.
“Not the greatest way in the world, but I’ll take it. Wasn’t like my agent calling or I watched the show,” Love said.
In his third season with the Cavs, Love is fitting in and flourishing. He is the only player in the East averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.
“I think I was really able to play my game this year and Ty [Lue] has done a great job of putting us in the right spaces to be effective,” Love said. “I think there’s something to be said for starting and the fan vote and the player vote and media as well. But coaches also goes a long way.”
Goofy Times – This year marked the first time that players had a say in the All Star game starters and there were some interesting results from ballots cast.
Jordan McRae received 2 votes while DeAndre Liggins received 1 vote despite very limited roles with the Cavs this season.
James was asked about the “goofy” nature of the player voting Friday morning and he delivered an all-time response.
“There’s always some goofy votes. I mean, Donald Trump is our president,” James said.
James’ zinger directed at the new president is of little surprise. Prior to the election in November James, who has not been shy about speaking out on social issues that transcend basketball, endorsed and spoke at a rally in Cleveland for Hillary Clinton.
Tied Up – Cavs coach Tyronn Lue took to YouTube to figure out how to tie a bowtie for Friday night’s game.
Former Cav and radio analyst Jim Chones lent Lue a helping hand.
Lue wore the bowtie in honor of Michael H. Goldberg, who served as the executive director of the NBA’s coaches’ union for nearly four decades, passed away earlier this week at the age of 73.