LeBron James Comments on Calling Offensive Sets and Plays for Cavaliers

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIApril 2, 2015

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) is coagulated by head coach David Blatt in an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James explained Thursday that he does have the freedom to call plays of his own, but he doesn't call all of them when it comes to drawing up the Cavs' sets.

Bleacher Report's Ethan J. Skolnick was on the scene for James' comments about the creative control he has over what Cleveland does on the hardwood:

The issue stemmed from Cavs coach David Blatt's admission that James calls plays from time to time, in response to information ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst revealed in an interview with Grantland chief Bill Simmons (via Deadspin).

Even Blatt explained that James didn't call every single play, but that didn't stop speculation from surfacing that James was the lone play-caller. The potential for fictitious friction probably would have been riper if James hadn't spoken out Thursday.

HoopsCritic.com's Josh Eberley weighed in on the purported controversy:

Whatever Cleveland has done, it's often worked amid a strong run to close out the regular season, which sees the Cavs as the second seed in the Eastern Conference at the moment.

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Relations between Blatt, James and the majority of Cleveland players seem just fine ahead of Thursday's matchup with the Miami Heat. One can bet James will be locked in since the current standings would have Miami facing Cleveland in the playoffs if the regular season ended Thursday.

The comments from both Blatt and James seem to reflect that the player and coach are on the same page. As long as the Cavs keep winning, that should continue to be the case, and their relationship will blossom and flourish should Cleveland play deep into the postseason.

Thanks to a revamped offense, roster and team chemistry, the Cavs have all the elements to be up for the task.