To read my column on Tyronn Lue click here.
Regarding James’ statement, it is troubling but true. He and his agent are the real GM of the team, running a team within the team. Like getting Bosh to join him in Miami he brought Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving to the team, passing on Andrew Wiggins. So he’s picked the on-court talent and after bumping off Blatt for his handpicked coach it’s truer than it is with most stars to say this is LeBron’s team. Last year in the playoffs James was trashing Blatt’s plays and running his own, so Lue is probably smart, job security wise, to run his plays through LeBron for approval.
I think it’s a very interesting contrast that James likes other star players who are willing to let him be the alpha and seems to be most comfortable with people who defer to him as players and coaches. Contrast that with the Warrior’s front office and roster. Look at the tremendous push-pull in the office where the best decisions are made by getting what, 5-6 of the smartest people in basketball together and hashing it all out- Jerry West, the Jacobs, Bob Meyers, Steve Kerr. Look at Kerr’s coaching staff- Alvin Gentry, Ron Adams, Luke Walton. Very smart, strong-willed men. Do you think LeBron would be “comfortable” with Draymond Green in his face all day? Bogut? How would LeBron like being pulled from a championship game to be talked to like Kerr did with Curry the other night, rightly so I might add.
James is about to be 2-5 in championship series, and if he wants to win more he might consider getting outside his comfort zone. But does anyone think that fits his personality or “brand” right now?
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.