At this point of the season, it’s hard to point to any single issue with the Cleveland Cavaliers as the cause of their struggles. Nobody in the organization, from management, to the coaches, to the players, should feel good about the series of events that got them to this point.
But as Brian Windhorst mentioned on SportsCenter, the biggest issue the Cavs are facing right now is the schism between LeBron James and management:
The biggest issue that we have that’s hanging over the team right now is the adversarial relationship that’s developed between LeBron James and the front office and ownership of this team. They have a trade deadline coming up in five days and LeBron is very frustrated that he has sat here and watched a bunch of star players get traded since the end of the Finals,” Windhorst said Saturday on SportsCenter.
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In addition to the issues between LeBron and management, Windhorst also pointed out that there are several members of the team that just don’t like each other. While names weren’t named, most of the reporting in recent weeks has alluded to a rift between the old and new guard.
The rift between LeBron and management isn’t surprising. Since his return, it has never seen like LeBron and Dan Gilbert have had much of a relationship. With so many star players changing teams, and the Cavs going from three stars to two, it’s understandable that he would be frustrated with letting a year of his prime go to waste.
The Cavaliers have personnel and personality issues to work out, and not a lot of time to do so. But whatever they do, they aren’t going to make it out of the first round if they can’t get LeBron to a point where he is trying again.