LeBron James Comments on Potential of Being a Head Coach

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2016

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A number of NBA players make the transition to coaching after their playing days come to a close. Don't expect LeBron James to follow that path.  

"Man, I couldn't be a head coach," James told Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com on Monday after learning that former player and Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek had been fired. "Boy, I'll get blamed for every little thing. Can you imagine that? Please."

Few athletes in the world face more scrutiny than James, 31, who is averaging 24.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game with the Cleveland Cavaliers this season. That level of attention and pressure doesn't bother James too much at the moment, however.

"It's the shoes that I've been put into it and I understand it, but it's not a distraction at all," he told Haynes. "The only thing I'm worried about is winning. That's all that matters to me. Everything else comes secondary and that's all I'm about."

Another reason to avoid coaching is the complete lack of job security at the position in the current landscape. Along with Hornacek, Houston's Kevin McHale, Brooklyn's Lionel Hollins and James' former coach, David Blatt, have all been fired this season. 

James and the Cavs have responded well to new coach Tyronn Lue, going 4-1 in his five games as coach. They also reportedly held a players-only meeting to clear the air about the issues they had during Blatt's tenure and to hold one another accountable, according to Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe of ESPN.com.

James has always been a leader on the court and is one of the league's most intelligent players, so he certainly could coach if he desired to do so. It sounds like he isn't terribly interested, however, so if he continues to be aligned with the NBA in some capacity after his career, it's more likely to be in a front office or ownership role.