ESPN NBA writer Brian Windhorst, who is as connected to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers as any reporter can be, was a guest on Bill Simmons's latest podcast, and he dropped some juicy stuff about the various melodramas that have been hanging over the team all season. The whole thing is worth a listen, but I'd like to draw your attention to one particularly illuminating anecdote regarding David Blatt's play-calling duties.
The Princeton offense that David Blatt installed in the preseason, they just threw that out. What typically happens—and this has been happening for like three months now—is LeBron will take the ball, and LeBron will call the play. David Blatt will see what play LeBron calls, and he will repeat it to the team. That happens on a regular basis.
That's hilarious! Anyone who has watched or read about the Cavs at all this season understands that LeBron has been the team's general all year, but I never realized that meant sad-ass David Blatt has been spending games acting as LeBron James's page boy.
Do you think he ever hears the start of LeBron's play call, and then tries to shout the rest of it really fast so as to make it look like it was his idea? "Elbow four! Bluefivebluefive!! Yep, LeBron's got it! We're all on the same page!"