James says he agrees with general manager David Griffin’s assessment that the Cavs aren’t as connected as they need to be to chase a championship. James says it’s not his concern that there’s a perception he was behind the decision to fire Blatt, who was 83-40 in two seasons and has the Cavs atop the Eastern Conference.
Blatt has been replaced by Tyronn Lue, his top assistant. Lue says he has no intention of doing things differently from Blatt, “but better.” Lue already has a strong relationship with James but says he will hold the four-time MVP to the same standards as his other players.
The Cavs host the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.