It’s hard to believe that as recently as 2010, LeBron James wasn’t playing on a pseudo all-star team.
Since then, he’s teamed up with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Isaiah Thomas.
That doesn’t include the bevy of high-end role players he’s played with, including Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson.
For nearly a decade, James has been fortunate enough to play on some loaded teams.
And yet, somehow, it’s never enough for James.
Last season, James complained about how his Cleveland Cavaliers were “top heavy as s—.” As a frame of reference, the Cavaliers were fresh off a thrilling NBA championship victory and James still had all-stars Irving and Love playing alongside him.
Looks like it’s that time of year again for James.
ESPN reporter and James confidant Brian Windhorst appeared on “The Lowe Post” podcast with fellow ESPN basketball junkie Zach Lowe, and revealed that James was none too pleased with the roster moves the Cavaliers didn’t make.
“What’s really pissing LeBron off is that he felt like the Cavs could’ve gotten Paul George and Eric Bledsoe, and they didn’t get them,” Windhorst said.
George was traded from the Indiana Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder prior to the season, and Bledsoe was traded from the Phoenix Suns to the Milwaukee Bucks in November.
Both are very talented players, with George being a fringe superstar.
“I’m just telling you, LeBron is there and he’s like, we could’ve had Eric Bledsoe and Paul George. Instead, we have a draft pick who I’m never gonna meet and we have Isaiah Thomas, who’s very clearly hampered. And we have Jae Crowder, who’s having the worst year of his career,” Windhorst added.
Windhorst is referring to the trade haul that the Cavaliers received for from Boston for Irving.
Thomas is generously listed at 5-foot-9 and is battling a debilitating hip injury. Crowder has regressed significantly since leaving the tutelage of Celtics coach Brad Stevens. And the coveted Nets first-round draft pick that was included in the deal isn’t even likely to be a top-three pick with the way the season has unfolded.
It’s apparent that James would’ve rather had George or Bledsoe for Irving instead.
Simply put, it is not a good look for James.
To compound matters, Windhorst isn’t some schmuck wearing an anti-Lebron shirt and tin foil hat on Twitter.
Windhorst basically made his name as a sports reporter due in no small part to his connections, coverage, and relationship with James. If Windhorst is reporting it, there’s a decent chance that James or a member of his inner circle wanted it to be reported.
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