It’s no secret that LeBron James isn’t the biggest David Blatt fan. And you didn’t have to be a body language expert to tell the two were clearly not on the same page during the NBA Finals.
But a new column by ESPN’s Marc Stein reveals just how terribly James acted toward his coach during the six-game series against the Golden State Warriors.
And we likewise saw LeBron emasculate David Blatt in ways that are simply unbecoming of a player of James’ legend-in-the-making stature.
I saw it from close range in my role as sideline reporter through the Finals for ESPN Radio. LeBron essentially calling timeouts and making substitutions. LeBron openly barking at Blatt after decisions he didn’t like. LeBron huddling frequently with Lue and so often looking at anyone other than Blatt.
There was LeBron, in one instance I witnessed from right behind the bench, shaking his head vociferously in protest after one play Blatt drew up in the third quarter of Game 5, amounting to the loudest nonverbal scolding you could imagine.
Which forced Blatt, in front of his whole team, to wipe the board clean and draw up something else.
You’ll recall James also went out of his way to tell the media he changed Blatt’s designed play before knocking down a buzzer-beater against the Chicago Bulls in the Easter Conference semifinals.
Now might be a good time to jump on those Cleveland Cavaliers coaching future odds. Just saying.