I hear that you must say kind things sometimes before you start bashing on  someone. Well I don’t mince words and I don’t exclude anyone. Let’s start at the top of the mountain…the alleged “King” of the NBA, LeBron James!

I was watching Inside The NBA Thursday night and heard Kenny Smith ask a question that all NBA fans need to pay attention to… “Should a player be called King if his team is around .500?”

Let me answer the question everyone. He never was and never will be.

If the season keeps going the way it is at this moment, LeBron James will be exposed as a great talent that never could get his team over the hump.

To all of you NBA fans out there thinking about those championships in Miami, forget it. Those championships come with an asterisk. Pat Riley, Erik Spoelstra, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all came together and sacrificed to make LeBron James the player he was in Miami. Especially Bosh and Wade. Have you seen their stats since James left South Beach? I’m not saying that the Heat does not miss LeBron’s “talents”, but I am saying that James’ play has dropped significantly since LeBron James ran…I mean went back home to Cleveland. That’s not all that has dropped significantly. Let’s break this down shall we?

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1) LeBron James’ leadership has been awful.

Rumors reported by ESPN this week that players have been saying that Head Coach David Blatt should be fired. PFFT! Come on man! Only one player that matters has been floating these emotions to people and that is LeBron James. The passive-aggressive way LeBron James has acted over this year has been ridiculous. Did anybody notice how he pushed Blatt out of the way when Blatt was talking to the referee? It’s a subtle way of undermining his head coach. Remember the bump in Miami? Does anyone really think that LeBron could get away with this in Miami? No. Pat Riley runs a tight ship in Miami. Furthermore, there is a trend going on here. The same thing happened in Miami right around the time LeBron showed up in Miami with rumors floating around about Spoelstra being fired. Well Spoelstra is still in South Beach coaching and James rehabs there.

It is painfully obvious that James has not bought into David Blatt’s game plan. Which is stupid because the man’s motion offense can work. It does not matter that David Blatt has never coached in the NBA. Basketball is basketball. If he has won in Europe, he can win here. Everyone knows the dynamics on an NBA team. If the star player and coach are not on the same page, it affects the team. The relationship has not been established to build trust. Need an example? I don’t think Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are having these problems? How about those injuries? He wasn’t too hurt to miss the NCAA National Title game.

At the time, his team (allegedly) is free-falling to a below .500 record? What happened to the Captain going down with the ship? LeBron James reminds me of an insecure employee that will throw everyone under the bus to show how important he is to the operation. Leaders don’t do that. No one noticed in Miami because, he WAS NOT the leader in the locker room. That honor belonged to Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem. Yep, THAT Udonis Haslem.

2) LeBron James is not sacrificing his game for the good of himself or the Cavaliers.

Ask yourself this question real quick. If LeBron James is complaining about the workload, why doesn’t he use his star teammates better? He has Kevin Love on one side who was a legitimate superstar until arriving in Cleveland. Do you remember the quote Chris Bosh had before the season?

Check out what he said to Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report…

“It’s going to be difficult for him” Bosh said of Love’s new task. “Even if I was in his corner and I was able to tell him what to expect and what to do, it still doesn’t make any difference. You still have to go through some things, you still have to figure out things on your own. It’s extremely difficult and extremely frustrating. He’s going to have to deal with that.”

Well at least Bosh saw the floor in the last quarter. Kevin Love can’t spell fourth quarter these days. Blatt has him on the bench just like a mother would call her child in to dinner when the street lights come on. Kevin Love never was a good defender. Everyone including James knew this. If LeBron James has such a high I.Q. why isn’t he maximizing Love’s strengths to cover his weaknesses?

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How about Kyrie Irving aka Uncle Drew?

Kyrie Irving will be the most important player in the postseason for the Cleveland Cavaliers. You heard it here first. Why? Because Irving is the only player that can consistently get his shot off at any time. Nope, LeBron James cannot. His moves are predictable. Watch for these moves from now on.

If he is driving right, he is trying to go to the basket.

If he drives left, he is going for the pull up jumper or the fadeaway.

If he is dribbling the ball through his legs back and forth, BOX OUT! He’s going to shoot a long jumper.

Plus, Irving is the point guard. If LeBron James is so tired (allegedly), why is he dominating the ball so much trying to initiate the offense? Just play off of Irving who can score and use some of that energy to play defense. Oh while we are talking about defense…

LeBron James’ defense may be worse than Kevin Love’s.

Look folks, we’ve heard the same thing over and over again this year. The Cleveland Cavaliers need a rim protector. Umm, the Miami Heat kind of had the same issues. Remember LeBron? Chris Bosh was your center man! Why do you think the Spurs killed Miami last year in the Finals and should have beaten them the year before? It’s because Tim Duncan could go off at any time and space the floor for the shooters.

Miami knew this so they required the wing players, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to pressure the ball and close passing lanes to turn the ball over. For two years, James was a great defender. Now, he looks like he’s defending in the YMCA instead of the NBA.

I hate comparisons of LeBron James to Michael Jordan, which is who LeBron James loves comparing himself to. Based on his shoddy defense, he needs to stop. Michael Jordan was one of the greatest defenders in NBA history as well. You see, Jordan could give you 40 points every night, but he also had the ability to shut down the other team’s best player…period. If he was mad, the guy might not score.

Timofey Mozgov is a Band-Aid to a bullet wound. Remember Mozgov is now a verb after Blake Griffin dunked on him. If the wing defenders aren’t doing their job (Oh, Shawn Marion stinks too!) Mosgov will have no impact on this Cavaliers defense. Kevin Love is getting a lot of heat for his lack of defense, but we all knew he wasn’t a defender for years. What’s LeBron James’ excuse? If James is the best player in the world, that means he plays both ends of the floor. This just in to Game 7 Network…he’s not.

Okay NBA fans what do you think? Leave your comments in the section below and tell the world what you think. Keep it locked to Game 7 Network for all of your NBA analysis and coverage.

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