The NBA's defending champions are struggling recently. They have lost three of their last five games including a 104 - 97 loss on Monday to a Dallas Mavericks team that has won 18 games this season. Still, the Cleveland Cavaliers are 32 - 15 this season, good enough for 1st place currently in the Eastern Conference. However, LeBron James isn't worried about the Eastern Conference, it's the West that concerns him.
LeBron is the only player in NBA history to go to six straight NBA Finals and this year would be number seven so like I said, he isn't worried about the Eastern Conference which he dominated the last six seasons. The only player more dominant would be Tom Brady in the AFC East where they just won their 8th AFC East title in a row and 14th out of the last 16 years and no the God awful Cleveland Browns aren't in the Patriots division but the teams that are don't play much better than the Browns.
LeBron knows that if he is going to have any chance at winning another championship he is going to need great players around him that are consistent. LeBron and Kyrie can't do it all. Kevin Love has been fantastic this season when he's not hurt. J.R. Smith is out at least two more months, and the other remaining cast of characters isn't reliable enough to pull off a championship worthy run.
Then again, LeBron is the best player in the league and he did bring a bunch of scrubs err I mean a bunch of lesser known guys in the league to the 2007 NBA Finals. Larry Hughes, Sasha Pavlovic, Drew Gooden, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and LeBron, yup he brought those guys to the NBA Finals and got swept by the San Antonio Spurs but look what he accomplished.
Accomplishments aside, dude is one of the most criticized athletes in history and I believe a large part of that is due to the information age. Social media is here to stay and everyone is able to give you their opinions instantly no matter how wrong or right they maybe. Charles Barkley isn't one who is shy about sharing his opinions and he has talked about LeBron for years. Charles has gave LeBron compliments in the past but he's been more critical of him lately and finally LeBron had enough.
Last week, Barkley said James was being "whiny" for stating publicly that the Cavs needed to bring in another playmaker.
Barkley also said, "Inappropriate, Whiny, all of the above. The Cleveland Cavaliers have given him everything he wanted. They have the highest payroll in NBA history. He wanted J.R. Smith last summer they paid him. He wanted Iman Shumpert last summer. They brought in Kyle Korver. He's the best player in the world. Does he want all of the good players? He don't want to compete? He's an amazing player. They're the defending champs."
LeBron was clearly fed up when he responded with, "I'm not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said 'I'm not a role model'. I never showed up to All-Star weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying."
I think LeBron meant that he never no showed like Barkley did at the 1997 All-Star event in Miami. You know what, I get it. Athletes are humans too and if you're going to hurl insults and criticize their every move on and off the court, then you'd better be ready for your skeltons to come out of the closet as well.
Ironically, there is more information available to us than ever before but less actual news is being reported. Instead we're fed a bunch of biased opinions disguised as news. LeBron's saying the gloves are off and everyone's past can be researched and everyone's past is fair game, even the reporter's.