If LeBron James doesn’t start coming to work, the vaunted Cleveland Cavaliers may have just seen their future in Portland–and it looks like the back of Damian Lillard’s jersey. That’s what the Cavs saw the most of, as Lillard went wherever he wanted and attacked the rim with impunity during a 101-82 Trailblazer blowout. The Cavaliers are now 1-2. You could have gotten great odds from the bookies betting on James and company losing two out of their first three.
In the Portland loss, LeBron James took just 12 shots, scored only 11 points and took just one free throw. What’s he doing? Does the King need to put back on the 20 pounds he lost in the off-season? ESPN’s Brian Windhorst has concocted a theory that James is laying low on purpose to teach his teammates a lesson. “This is a conscious decision on how he plans to operate in a passive-aggressive mission to yank some teammates toward his way of thinking,” Windhorst writes. Kind of a bs way for LeBron to treat his new teammates–not trying very hard. What kind of example is that? It’s hard to imagine rookie coach David Blatt signed on for this approach. Come to think of it, Blatt was hired before James announced his homecoming. Maybe LeBron James, who can have whatever he wants, wants to play for somebody else?