The Cleveland Cavaliers are primed for a return trip to the NBA Finals with LeBron James leading the way, but not without controversy or drama. After firing Head Coach David Blatt in the middle of the season citing a locker room discord, the Cavs’ offense was initially ignited, but there still lacks a true identity.

Recently LeBron James went on Twitter to speak of his displeasure and indirectly targeted his teammates, specifically Kyrie Irving (whom Tweeted back in response). James, although extroverted by nature, has always been a hesitant leader. He loves the spotlight, but shies away from conflict. Most people would agree if you have a problem with a teammate, talk directly to the source, but James prefers to be indirect.

Last season in his return to Cleveland, James posted several pictures of himself with selected teammates on social media. He seemed to be at odds with Kevin Love since his acquisition and keeping him out of pictures is his way of dealing with it (he also did the subliminal tweet thing too). This type of behavior is frowned upon in the workplace, because of the mysteriousness and unknown meaning behind it. Action without clear intention tends to cause even more dysfunction.

James has always been an astute business man. Once the CBA kicked in, he’s signed short contracts to maximize money made, but more importantly heighten urgency and leverage with his employer. The threat of leaving if his demands aren’t met assures James a high level of control and backs ownership into a corner when needed. Ever since his return to the “Land,” James has gotten every wish he’s desired. Dan Gilbert beckons at his every call. James wasn’t responsible for getting former coach Blatt fired, but he didn’t exactly protest it.

Miami Heat President Pat Riley knows this tactic best: when James is quiet and unable to be reached, something is about to break. Riley and the Heat found out James was going back to Cleveland the same way fans were, via Lee Jenkins “I’m Coming Home” piece.

James says he wants to win at all costs…as long as it’s under his terms.

LeBron James is like no other NBA player to come before him. The body of a football player with the skills of a basketball artist. Unlike the superstars who came before him, he’d rather join forces than battle foes. Creating a super team in Miami with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh is the same vision he sought in Cleveland with Irving and Love. After already reaching six finals in his brief career, there’s doubt he’ll match the number of rings of Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant, yet he’s rewritten the rules.

James is the most powerful man in the NBA.

Entitled? Yes, but tactical in his ways.

Aside from the records he’ll amass over his career, his legacy will be remembered as much for what he accomplished off the court as on it.

Direct impact, indirect ways.

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