LeBron James has been in the news lately for reasons unrelated to the Cleveland Cavaliers' pursuit of a championship, and the transcendent superstar reportedly shouldered the blame for his recent behavior.
According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, King James apologized for fraternizing with former Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade at halftime while his team trailed by 21 points Saturday as well as for his comments to Bleacher Report's Howard Beck regarding a desire to play alongside Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul one day.
Per Vardon, LeBron discussed the Wade situation with head coach Tyronn Lue, while general manager David Griffin addressed the two-time NBA champion's comments to Bleacher Report, among other general topics.
Lue said his talk with James went well, and he believes any potential issues have been cleared up: "I just told him we can't have that, being down like we were and him being the leader. Just me being a competitor, I didn't like it. We had a long talk about it. It was good. He understood, he apologized, and he's been great."
With regard to James' desire to play alongside his friends one day, the firestorm was created after these comments to Beck: "I really hope that, before our career is over, we can all play together. At least one, maybe one or two seasons—me, Melo, D-Wade, CP—we can get a year in. I would actually take a pay cut to do that. It would be pretty cool. I've definitely had thoughts about it."
The four-time MVP's thoughts on that subject may have hit a little too close to home for Cavs fans who have already seen him leave the franchise once.
LeBron has stated on many occasions that his main goal is to bring a championship to Cleveland, but the fact that he is already looking past that could be of some concern.
While the Golden State Warriors are the favorites to repeat as NBA champions, with the San Antonio Spurs trailing close behind, the Cavaliers have a legitimate chance to get back to the Finals as the top team in the Eastern Conference.
Some of James' recent actions may suggest that he is somewhat distracted, but Vardon pointed out that LeBron unfollowed the Cavaliers' Twitter account in an effort to begin his playoff preparation even earlier than usual.
Everything LeBron does comes under more intense scrutiny than perhaps any other athlete in the world, which puts him in an extremely difficult position.
The fact that James apologized makes it seem as though he is aware of the impact his behavior can have, however, and that acknowledgement may be precisely what he and the team needed to move forward.
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