Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James has been gone from the Cleveland Cavaliers for almost a year; however his statements still have a way of getting to his former teammates as well as his former fans. Last week after the Heat eliminated the Chicago Bulls in five games to reach the NBA Finals James while complimenting his teammates seemed to take a shot at his former team. James told reporters “I wanted to team up with some guys that would never die down in the moment. The opportunity presented itself with this great organization and we made it happen.”
Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson took offense to the comments by James and struck back at his former teammate on a podcast on the “Dugout Sports Show.” Gibson said “The way it’s said, you can’t help but take it personal. I would prefer to talk to him personally and say, ”Exactly what did you mean when you said this comment? What point were you trying to make?”…I take comments like that and when you speak out and you feel the need for everybody to hear what you are saying, it’s kind of like admission. By you saying that, I don’t think great players should feel the need to say this about a team or say that about a team. I think what it all boils down to if you’re great, you go play great, be great and everybody will realize you’re great. And you wouldn’t have to let it be known that everybody else was less great. Great players shouldn’t have to do that. So I feel like it’s kind of an admission. He might have needed some help. He might have needed to go somewhere and find someone who is a little greater so maybe he wouldn’t die down in those moments.”
I have expressed those same sentiments since James left the Cavaliers to sign with Miami as a Free Agent last summer. If James had the same confidence in his abilities as his fans and many NBA observers possessed he would have re-signed with the Cavaliers. By going to Miami James showed the planet that he did not think he had what it took to carry a team by himself to an NBA Title.