Are LeBron James & Kyrie Irving Having Trouble Playing Together Right Now?
The other day, we asked how long it’s going to take LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to come together as a team this season. They had just lost a tough road game to the Portland Trail Blazers and, at the time, we thought that LeBron and his new teammates were having a little bit of trouble gelling as a unit. But we didn’t realize just how troubling things were.
After that post went up, the Cavs lost another road game to the Utah Jazz—a young team that isn’t anywhere near as talented as Cleveland is—and everyone in the sports world pressed the panic button. And while we’re not ready to join them just yet in overreacting to the Cavs’ recent troubles, we do sense that there seems to be some friction in Cleveland’s locker room right now that is going to have to get resolved if the Cavs want to start winning.
Specifically, it sounds like LeBron and his point guard Kyrie Irving aren’t on the same page at the moment. According to an ESPN report, LeBron and Kyrie “exchanged words” with one another after the Blazers beat the Cavaliers on Tuesday. James was reportedly talking to Irving about the way he’s been running the Cavs’ offense when Kyrie took exception to something that LeBron said and stormed out of the locker room. And whatever issues LeBron had with Kyrie were only magnified on Wednesday night when Kyrie scored 34 points against the Jazz but failed to record a single assist. LeBron did compliment him on playing a solid game after the contest was over, but he also told reporters that the Cavs as a whole need to start recording more assists if they want to be successful.
“We can’t win like that,” he said, “and we got to figure out a way to help each other and not make it so tough.”
For what it’s worth, LeBron did take to Twitter yesterday to provide a one-word response to all of the hoopla surrounding the Cavs at the moment. “In the words of the great @AaronRodgers12,” he wrote, “RELAX.”
But it’s clear that LeBron and Kyrie are going to have to figure out a way to work together more effectively in order for the Cavaliers to achieve the things that they want to achieve. That’s going to take some time, and they might not be able to truly gel until December or January. But the long process that they’re about to go through is necessary to their growth as a team, and we’re all going to have to be patient while they go through their growing pains.