LeBron James Comments on Recent Tweets, 'Beautiful Mind' and Cavaliers' Conflict

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2016

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Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James addressed some of his recent cryptic tweets and the need for conflict on championship teams while speaking to reporters Monday.

"I've got a beautiful mind and, sometimes, I like to use it in a social manner," he said of those tweets, per Hayden Grove of the Associated Press.

He added, "They’re for the educated mind, so if you have an educated mind, they hit home for you."

The cryptic tweets started March 1, when James wrote over two posts: "It's OK to know you've made a mistake. Cause we all do at times. Just be ready to live with whatever that comes with it and be with those who will protect you at all cost!"

On March 3, James noted, "Can't replace being around great friends that reciprocate the same energy back to you in all facets of life."

On March 5 and 6, he tweeted messages that seemed directly aimed at his teammates:

He then added a bit of motivation into the fray:

Certainly, chemistry has been an issue for the Cavaliers this season, to the point that the team called a players-only meeting after David Blatt was fired to iron out various issues in the locker room. 

The Cavs have gone 44-17 on the season and remain atop the Eastern Conference standings, but they haven't been as dominant as expected for a team with three superstars in James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving and a talented supporting cast behind them.

The chemistry between James, Love and Irving in particular has been under the microscope, making it an easy inference to suggest James' tweets might be aimed at his fellow superstars. Both Love and Irving have had to sacrifice parts of their games to make the Big Three in Cleveland coexist, though that process is ongoing.

Regardless, James thinks some conflict is important, per Grove:

While conflict can be healthy on a championship team, chemistry is vital. The Cavaliers certainly have the talent to win a championship, but it remains to be seen if they have the rapport to rise above the elite teams in the NBA in the postseason.

Ultimately, the ability of James, Love and Irving to coexist and thrive together will be the key to the team's championship hopes.


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