Feb 12, 2015, 6:18 PM | Updated: 6:18 pm
Recently, LeBron James tweeted something out that clearly referenced Kevin Love. He implored the social media populace to stop trying to “FIT-OUT” and start trying to “FIT-IN.”
Fitting out was something that Kevin Love alluded to earlier in the season. And the reference was something that wasn’t lost on K-Love.
“Listen, I was caught off guard when I heard it,” Love said after practice.
James initially denied the tweet had anything to do with Love following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 120-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Then — a day later, to a group of reporters — LeBron confirmed the tweet was in reference to Love but used Twitter again later that day to deny it: “If I have a problem with a teammate or anyone I’ll say to their face and not over social media. That’s corny and wack!”
LeBron has taken the whole notion of superstars being in control of NBA teams to a whole new level. He’s brazen when it comes to letting people know he’s in control. To wit: “I was drawing up a play for him (K-Love) in a timeout…” and “I have an open door policy…the guys know they can come see me anytime…”
What? Was that David Blatt, the head coach of the Cavaliers, speaking? No.
Poor David Blatt. This guy is a good coach that is trying to fit into the best basketball league on the face of the planet after traveling the planet, experiencing great success abroad. Whatever his deficiencies may be Blatt deserves more respect than what he’s getting from James.
Why is LeBron doing this? He’s either in an oblivious state of center-of-the-world-syndrome, where his ego has taken over all of life, or he is trying to defame and otherwise deface David Blatt, trying to expose him.
Which one is it?
Unfortunately, I think it’s the former. I think LeBron’s ego has slipped into hyper-drive.
LeBron is the best player on the planet but ever since The Decision and “taking his talents to South Beach,” there has always been one, big knock against LeBron: You bailed, dude. You abandoned ship.
This mattered to James and he deserves kudos for having a soul. How he was perceived bothered him — so much so as to do something nobody thought he would: he went back to Cleveland to make it right. That’s rare air by any standard in today’s sports climate.
I think LeBron knows it and that same soul that compelled him to Cleveland now feels vindicated. The blemish, labes labis, has been taken away for most people — in and out of Cleveland. So, what does the best basketball player in the universe do when he also sees himself as the savior of a city?
He tweets about his teammates and acts like he’s the coach.