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Thursday, October 29th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  68 responses

LeBron: Nothing to Worry About, Yet

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

The Cleveland Cavaliers are off to an unsightly 0-2 to start the young season. For a team with such wildly high expectations, this is understandably a cause for concern. Some are even ready to push the panic button.

According to the team’s leader, though, there’s no need for worry this early on. Yes, the Cavs are struggling, but LeBron James — who recorded his first triple double of the year in the loss to the Raptors last night — isn’t worried.

The Toronto Sun has the quotes:

“Patience is what it’s all about,” James said. “Early in my career I would get very upset if we lost two or three games in a row. You feel like you can’t turn it around, but I’m at a point in my career where I know that you can lose but at the same time you don’t look too far into it.

“You learn from your mistakes and get better. You can’t keep making the same mistakes, that’s when I get a little frustrated, but I don’t think we have done that. We just have to get better. It’s an adjustment period for all of us. I’m still positive,”‘ James said.

James is right, of course. The Cavs have plenty of time to work through the challenges they’re facing, challenges that aren’t insignificant — from Delonte West’s personal issues, Mike Brown is still the coach, to the incorporation of Shaquille O’Neal into their offensive and defensive schemes.

Of course, if the team doesn’t figure things out soon, LeBron might begin to adopt a different tone. That’s when the time for worrying will come.

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  • http://claydefayette@yahoo.com CDef28

    1. Celtics
    2. Magic
    3. Cavs

  • http://claydefayette@yahoo.com CDef28

    It doesn’t matter who is 1, 2, or 3 when the playoffs roll around because they will all have to play each other. The Cavs should be fine.

  • http://twitter.com/showmeyourwits showmeyourwits

    Honestly, with Shaq in tow there is no reason they shouldn’t be closing out the 4th with pick and roll screens all the way to victory. Why Mike Brown continually calls for the same non-offense is bewildering. It is on film as recently as last year’s ASG, the high pick and roll with Shaq is basically unstoppable, and that was with a 30 y.o. Kobe. “The King” should be able to use it to devastating effect, what with his “outstanding court vision” and “superior athleticism”.

  • rainman10

    They will all play eachother?? Round robin!

  • bargnasty

    thats what pat ril…i mean dwayne w…i mean steve nash said

  • http://claydefayette@yahoo.com CDef28

    Rainman we will see who is the best. I can’t judge anyone on 2 games. All I know is, like showmeyourwits said, Mike Brown doesn’t know offense. What CAN Brown do? Just defense.

  • riggs

    this is obviously mike browns fault, lebron coming when they start to lose by 14? WHY IS THIS MAN STILL COACHING!?!?

  • rikson

    offense wins games – defense wins championships :-D

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    Although I think LeBron is right, Gotta give Toronto their props for a good(one of the few) game last night.

  • B-more Mike

    Mo Williams?

  • underdog

    He’s totally right. But I don’t think Mike Brown sleeps well nowadays…

  • http://www.boticca.com Kiyan Foroughi

    Mike Brown = overrated
    Mo Williams = overrated
    Shaq’s ability to contribute = overrated

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    The Raptors should have got 2 wins last night, 1 for beating the Cavs and 1 for surviving the refs.
    “Sh!ts disgusting” ©killa Cam

  • David Curran

    Let Mike Brown handle the defence. LeBron can handle the offence.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I agree with LeBron. I still believe in this Cavs team.

  • BostonBaller

    There is no need for the Cavs to worry at all. I haven’t figured M Brown out yet but more importantly will the Cavs management figure him out. If they win a ton of games he will again be hailed as a great coach so it all depends on how they play.

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com That’sWhatSheSaid

    Tha Cav’s are who we thought they are.

    A team who still can’t get by the elite teams.
    Waht was their record against the best teams last year? That’s what I thought

  • Clark

    Cavs Record this season 55-27

    No joke. Well, except for the Cav’s frontcourt defense.

  • RedRum

    nah, the Celtics look the part, they will go easily to the Finals. If KGs knee stays healthy, they have all the parts to go all the way. I actually have them higher than Lakers.

  • Orlando Green

    THE RAPS LOOKED NICE!!! It was obvious to see that when Shaq was on the court the team was bad. He slows them down to a pace that is unnatural for them.

  • Orlando Green

    THE RAPS LOOKED NICE!!! It was obvious to see that when Shaq was on the court the team was bad. He slows them down to a pace that is unnatural for them.

  • Bruno

    cleveland sucks
    they don’t have a decent power forward
    who’s gonna defend KG?? Rashard???
    varejao and ilgauskas???

  • Bruno

    cleveland sucks
    they don’t have a decent power forward
    who’s gonna defend KG or Rashard???
    varejao and ilgauskas??? hahaha

  • Yesse

    I believe the Cavs can get better as long as they configure the playbook.I saw a few angry faces at Shaq and West by LeBron.Chemistry is probably one problem, but Suns just gave the ball to Shaq in the post and he delivered.Cavs should do that too, not in every play, but they didnt do it enough last game.

  • Shelton

    Maybe Toronto is just better than Cleveland. Y does someone have to lose their job? They weren’t gonna win the championship anyways

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    70 wins!!!

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    Yesse: Yeah, Shaq really turned the Suns around, going from an every year playoff team to missing the playoffs. He delivers!!

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    I think we are slowly creeping toward Shaq getting the same treatment that A.I. got in Detriot last year.

  • http://realcavsfans.com Anton

    Mike Brown’s complex offensive schemes take years to master. Is Khloe Kardashian a free agent this season? She’s a great stretch(marks) PF.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Lebron is doing too much, if he is getting a triple double, then he is taking the ball out of the point guard hands and if he is getting 12 boards, he is not getting back on defense, for easy put backs or rebounds. Lebron has to move the ball around for the team concept. I have played with dudes who try to carry teams, then they want you to shoot after they have hogged the ball, The Cav players are out of rhtym. I blame Lebron, he is the leader, no excuses, that he doesn’t have teammates, He does.

  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    I fired Mike Brown.

  • UnRel

    1 on 5 has never worked.. and i agree with The Seed.. lebron should get the blame.. since he’s the leader..

  • ClydeSays

    I think Brown’s biggest task is somehow convincing Shaq he’s the still the Most Dominant Ever and that he’s a big part of the offense. If he can do that, the Cav’s could be in good shape.

    Bringing him off the bench won’t help in that respect and limiting his touches is really going to set him off.

    Van Gundy & D’Antoni (and later era Jax) failed at trying to keep Shaq focused, so I’m not sure how Mike will pull that off.

  • money

    @ spaceship jay: thank u
    @ the seed: if lebron is getting 12 boards he is not gettin back on d? wtf are u talkin about? only 2 was offensice rebounds.i agree with the assists,but its not like mo is a pas first pg that will give u a lot of dimes…

  • Chris

    The cavs are a terrible team when LeBron isn’t on the court, out of the top 6 teams in the league they are by far the worst team when their best players isn’t on the court or isn’t playing 100%. If the Cavs finish with a solid record this year, pencil LeBron in for another MVP

  • LA Huey

    @Seed, I think the bulk of those rebounds are off the defense glass. Bron does get back on D, as evidence by the fastbreak eraser(s) he seems to get every game. And the assists are usually to cats that are wide open from the double-teams he creates, not because he dribbled out the shot clock and needs someone to bail him out.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Wow, the seed, you had to get real creative with the LeBron hate there. Grabbing boards = not getting back on defense? If he didn’t get a triple double Mo would suddenly turned into into 10-assists-a-game pg? That’s your rationale? Really? As UnRel pointed out, the two losses were his fault. Clearly. Carry on.

  • Esco

    @The Seed: That made no sense.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The Seed
    You went way left on that post homie. Come on now, you can’t be a Kobe fan and talk about “team concept.” Stop it.
    I agree that Lebron needs to stop being hte iniator so much, and be the finisher, but I can’t decide if that’s his fault or the failure of the coach to put him in proper position. I remember when Jordan was doing a lot of the stuff Lebron does, and it was only after he got the right teammates and system, that things changed.
    Same thing with Kobe.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Allen, I really wish he would stop bringing the ball up. WHy not do like Wade and let your pg bring it up and THEN pass it to you so you can run the O?

  • NUPE

    Not time to panic, but not time to be too confident that things will eventually work out either. Mike Brown needs to come up with better offensive schemes and not just say give the ball to Lebron and play 1 on 5. I don’t think Shaq is the problem, he’s actually doing pretty much what I expected. Parker and Moon haven’t had the kind of impact I thought they would. Hopefully when West is back and the rust is off, they’ll have some better looks. The only real concern that I don’t see being ‘fixed’ is the coach.

  • LA Huey

    also, lbj is right, no reason for cavs to panic right now. their primary objective in the regular season is to get everyone set and comfortable in their roles going into the playoffs. they have a lot of adjustments to make. wally, joe smith, ben wallace were significant parts of last years rotation. and right now, they can’t count on delonte (as much as i love what he brings to the table).

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    I also want to chime in and say how absolutely wrong The Seed is. I mean, terrifyingly wrong.

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    I don’t knjow what the hell happened with the Cavaliers, but when Lebron isn’t handling the ball, they look absolutely awful.

  • Exile

    LOL @ the panic button link…. I think the journalist wants to off himself!

  • Exile

    and… I wanted to jump through my TV at those refs (especially in the 4th Jack and Bosh fouled who???).. At least the crowd called them on it.

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    I don’t want the Cavs to lose, because it might spur them to make some trades. I want them to keep this team exactly how it is now.

  • Da Hood

    @The Seed Posted: Oct.29 at 12:58 pm
    Lebron is doing too much, if he is getting a triple double, then he is taking the ball out of the point guard hands and if he is getting 12 boards, he is not getting back on defense, for easy put backs or rebounds. Lebron has to move the ball around for the team concept. I have played with dudes who try to carry teams, then they want you to shoot after they have hogged the ball, The Cav players are out of rhtym. I blame Lebron, he is the leader, no excuses, that he doesn’t have teammates, He does.

    Thank you, for saving me the time.

  • Da Hood

    There is no ball movement on this offensive and he is too ball dominant, he doesnt play off the ball at all. he can get 12 to 16 points a game, by just fillin the lanes and weakside offensive rebounds. Easy buckets= more energy in the 4th. He works too hard for points compared to everyone else. And its Danny Ferry fault, he should be fired, if Bron is better with ball get him some off the ball slashers and finishers, not just shooters. shooters are too stagnant waiting for the ball. And thats their ultimate problem

  • Jesseg

    Does anyone realize Shaq’s quotes and what’s happening to the Cavs so far is pretty much identical to the Suns last year? I love the “work in progress” quote. I’m just warning Cavs fans….Shaq might look decent himself, but for some reason he brings down the team. I watched it all of last season. Oh, and Mike Brown is a horrible coach haha.

  • http://claydefayette@yahoo.com CDef28

    The Seed, you are crazy with your reasons against LeBron. Some are valid, but most are inaccurate. I am not crazy about him, but there is no denying how talented he is and his improved defense from two years ago.

  • Da Hood

    And get him a mobile big man. Ferry sucks!

  • ciroqobama

    Blame The Seed ! !

  • LA Huey

    This season should determine Mike Brown’s job status and his future job prospects. He’s guys to spread the floor (Big Z, Mo, Delonte), fill the lanes (Lebron, Moon, Parker), big men to the run the pick and roll, willing and able passers (Lebron, Shaq, Mo, Delonte) and the reigning MVP. If he can’t install a formidable offense (or get an assistant to do it), he should be fired.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    F*ck the po-lice.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Allenp valid point, it might be the system the coach is running, but Lebron needs to be finishing not creating assists. If Lebron wants 12 assists, he should just play point guard and put Mo at the two, which really Mo is not a point guard, Mo is just a shooting guard in a point guard body, but the Cavs look awful and when Lebron is not on the court demanding double teams, there offense looks bad, Who they really need back is Delonte West to create some shots and free up Lebron to roam more on offense.

  • boogster

    why are ye defending lebron, mike brown should carry only half the blame and the TEAM should carry the rest…thus lbj should be carrying the load since he`s the team leader and does everything.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    There season is not going to end up that bad. Toronto is a heavily underrated team who won in a home game, and the Celtics are probably the best, toughest, and deepest team in the entire NBA.

  • http://www.teflinprague.com SAB

    again, i’m amazed by the hate – LeBron scores 38 in game 1, triple-double in game 2, but it’s HIS fault they lost. uh-huh, right. y’all are stupider than Danny Ferry and Mike Brown…
    Mike Brown’s amazing. How do you go from “Coach of the year” lol to most ridiculed coach in just 5 months…

  • http://www.twitter.com/showmeyourwits showmeyourwits

    As much as I hate Lebron, this is Mike Brown’s fault. Lebron hasn’t developed to the point where he knows how to call audibles on the fly and put not just himself but his team in position to win, but that likely won’t come until he can’t simply rely on his athleticism. Right now it is Mike Brown’s job to get that across, and i don’t think he has the skill as a coach. You look at PJ and Pop, there’s nights where they just defer to their leaders but other times they lay it out and they get the job done seemingly out of nowhere. That has never and will never happen to a Mike Brown coached team. He’s too busy being a witness.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    ”Lebron hasn’t developed to the point where he knows how to call audibles on the fly and put not just himself but his team in position to win, but that likely won’t come until he can’t simply rely on his athleticism.” Even though he’s basically the point guard in the halfcourt O and their best passer? NBA stars call audibles all the time, GTFOH. What does that even have to do with athletic abilities?

  • KG

    THE CAVS ARE OVER RATED . AT THE END OF THE DAY WE ALL KNOW KOBE AND THE LAKERS ARE GOING TO WIN BACK TO BACK CHAMPIONSHIPS .

  • http://www.twitter.com/showmeyourwits showmeyourwits

    I didn’t mean to say he can’t call audibles, I just meant it doesn’t seem like he calls the right ones. Separate from that, I think he relies more on his athleticism and raw talent rather than savvy and situational awareness (which every young player in almost all sports do)….I agree that he fulfills that role in the halfcourt, but where is the passing to close out games when the other 4 are just waiting to see what he’ll do. Lebron should be like “they’re doing this to me so get open back-door” or Mike Brown should. As the coach I feel the onus is on Brown

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    Props to the tripdub. They will be fine, LBJ just needs keep doin what he’s doin, although I’d think he should give the ball around a bit more and show he trusts his teammates even if they aren’t delivering right now, in any way, shape or form. They are bound to pick up their game sooner rather than later and it will also give them a boost of confidence when they notice they’re being involved more. I blame the coach; for that squad, after last year’s bittersweet season, but two games in and his team don’t look remotely ready, except for LBJ but he’s always going to deliver.

  • http://slamonline.com niQ

    People forget last year they started out losing as well, and then proceeded to lead the league in wins.

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    @theseed. were you drunk or hi when u wrote that? because wow, im pretty sure for every argument you gave, you wrote its very own counter-argument. if that was self-parody, that is truly genius!

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    @Jackie Moon…..:you are the best (as always).
    @Jukai….: don’t mess with The Seed.
    @Ben Osborne…..:i agree. I think that in the end they will make it to the conference finals(especially if they meet Orlando in the semis).Basically i don’t think that a healthy Lebron can finish less than top-4 for the next 6 years (except if he moves to the Knicks…). My NBA champ prediction for 2010(if everyone healthy): LAKERS 50%,SPURS 30%,BOSTON 15%,CAVS 5%.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    @Jackie,Ben,Ryne,Allenp,Jukai,Z,and everybody that thinks that will be around after 10 months…….:i would appreciate your “2010 NBA champ” predictions(in the format i also used:top 4 teams with chances in %). Since you follow(and know) the league much more than i do, i would like to have your view in order to see in the end how i measure up compared to “the experts”.

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