It isn't often that NBA executives talk to the media. They don't have to, and in terms of what it means for the team, less information from the general manager is probably good. You don't want other teams knowing how much Chris Grant values Tristan Thompson, for instance.
But after the Cavaliers disappointing five game home stand in which they salvaged only one win, Grant finally addressed the Cleveland media.
Addressing the recent poor play:
#Cavs GM Chris Grant: "We're in a tough stretch. We're all accountable. Our fans deserve better."— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) January 29, 2014
Chris Grant addressing media says fans deserve better and home stand was very disappointing...says lack of effort at times is unacceptable— Fred McLeod (@CavsFredMcLeod) January 29, 2014
Grant defended Mike Brown:
More Grant: "The system fits the guys. It's about doing it consistently. ... What we can do is continue to teach and push that."— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) January 29, 2014
CG says Mike is an unbelievable teacher and system is not the issue..staff will continue to push and teach— Fred McLeod (@CavsFredMcLeod) January 29, 2014
And stood up for Kyrie Irving as well:
Chris says he has seen a different guy in Kyrie in terms of growth as a leader and losing hurts him as much as anyone— Fred McLeod (@CavsFredMcLeod) January 29, 2014
Are the Cavs still looking to upgrade their roster?
Grant suggested that while #Cavs always open to another trade, the idea right now is to move forward with the current group.— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) January 29, 2014
My feeling on this is that at least Grant opened himself up to questions. He assembled the team (unless you believe that Byron Scott and Mike Brown do the team's drafting, which may or may not be the case) and their struggles are in large part on him. I have wondered if Brown and Grant are on different timelines: does Grant want to win now, to save his job, while Brown operates with more patience, implementing his defensive system at the cost of an offense that seems disjointed and without purpose? I don't know if we are ever going to get answers to questions like that. At this point, Grant and Brown are in this together and the answers here reflect that.
So what do you guys think? I have seen people suggest that Grant might be delusional on twitter. I have serious doubts about whether the players fit together in any system.