NBA News: LeBron James, David Griffin Meet After Post Game Rant
Jan 26, 2017 05:47 PM EST
Looks like all is well in Cleveland - for now. Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James met with his teammates and bosses and apparently has straightened whatever issues among themselves.
After criticizing the organization's commitment on winning a second straight championship this season, Sports Illustrated reported that LeBron James met with the Cleveland Cavaliers as a team on Wednesday. After speaking to his teammates, James spoke one on one with Cleveland general manager David Griffin.
"I think we both needed it," said Griffin, who spoke to reporters shortly before the Cavs hosted the Sacramento Kings. "I'm happy it happened."
The issues between LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers team and management stemmed from a profanity laced interview James had after their loss to the lowly 18-27 New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night, who were playing without injured superstar Anthony Davis. During the interview, via Yahoo Finance, James blasted the Cavaliers roster saying that "We top heavy as s----" and calling the front office to further improve the roster. James also stressed that the Cavaliers needed a "f---ing playmaker".
LeBron James certainly has a point when he said that the Cleveland Cavalier needed to bolster their lineup. Center Chris "Birdman" Andersen is out for the season after tearing his ACL early in the season and shooting guard J.R. Smith has been out for two weeks and counting with a thumb injury.
Matthew Delavedova signed as a free agent with the Milwaukee Bucks in the off season and back up point guard Mo Williams opted to retire. That leaves a big gaping hole in the point guard positon which is the main point of concern LeBron James pointed out to the Cleveland Cavaliers' front office.
Things only got worse when the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Sacramento Kings 116-112 in overtime on Wednesday night. Despite LeBron James recording his second straight triple-double, the Cavs still blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and a five point lead in the final 2:30 in OT and eventually lost the game. The Cavs have now lost for the sixth time in their last eight games.
Despite the loss, David Griffin still remains optimistic that the current Cleveland Cavaliers roster can still defend the title. ESPN reports, however, that the New York Knicks have offered Carmelo Anthony for Kevin Love and the Cavs turned down the offer. David Griffin would not comment on the report.