LeBron James is a determined man. It took him until his 9th NBA season to win a championship and he had to go get Dwyane Wade’s help to do it. He won two in Miami and he believed it was time to take his wisdom and rings back home to Cleveland and win some more there. He may have underestimated the challenge. As Chris Broussard of ESPN writes: “LeBron James said leading this Cleveland Cavaliers team, teaching it how to win on a championship level, is the biggest challenge of his 12-year career.”
“This is more challenging than me trying to win my first championship,” James confessed before the Cavs dropped a close one at home to the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. James said he’s taken on “the burden” of leading the “young guys,” trying to teach them “not to have a sense of entitlement.” Star point guard Kyrie Irving is 22 years old, btw–one of the “young guys” by any measure. Wonder how much Kyrie Irving appreciates hearing LeBron “King “James talk about his sense of entitlement? Irving must love hearing how he and his fellow youth are the hardest challenge LeBron has ever faced. (It seemed like Tim Duncan was a pretty big challenge.) Wonder what James’ sanctimony is doing for team chemistry? For the record, it was James, not Irving, who turned the ball over with time running out while trying to win the Spurs game all by himself after a half-court behind-the-back dribble. James looked up, raised his hand and indicated my fault, that’s on me. No shit, Irving must have thought.