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LeBron James is the best coach in Cleveland

Apr 1, 2010, 11:58 AM EDT

Tied game, less than 30 seconds left, playoff atmosphere in Cleveland with Milwaukee in town. The Cavs take a time out for the coach to draw up a play.

That would be LeBron James, of course. From the Beacon Journal:

”When he brought it up, I kind of chuckled because I was like: ‘Really? Are you kidding me?’ And lo and behold, they went out there and executed the play to a T,” the coach (Mike James) said. ”I don’t know if we’ve ever run the play before in that situation.”

James said it’s a play that the team doesn’t use a lot intentionally.

”We lull teams to sleep and we keep it in our back pocket and I knew it was a set they wouldn’t be ready for, because we hadn’t run it all day,” he said.

Here’s another way to interpret that last quote from LeBron:

“We are insanely predictable in our sets, we just do the same thing over and over late in games. I knew if we tried this one other set we barely run, nobody would see it coming.”

So, LeBron gets that diversity in the offense is a good thing. Well, at least somebody in Cleveland does.

  1. coach g - Apr 1, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Coach Brown is the weak link of the Cavaliers.
    About never calling plays and his “Are you kidding me?” comment, there should be plenty of plays available to be called with an NBA team.
    Brown is right that defense is what wins championships but…it seems like he can suppress offense or at least having organized offense. Last year and this year were the first years of the LeBron era where there was any organized offense at all. So why would Brown scoff at the idea of calling plays? Well, because if a game ever became about killer offense, like having Boobie Gibson play enough to be warm then drop 9 points in 50 seconds with 3 or 4 minutes remaining in a close game, then the end of the game might be easy. You wouldn’t need to have Mo hurt his shoulder diving out of bounds to try to get an emergency possession. But if a big game became easy because of offense, CAVS wouldn’t be about Mike Brown.
    Brown better understand that the reasons so many teams go to just 8 or 9 man rotation in the playoffs is because they only have 7 or 8 good players. We have like 14 stud players and Brown needs to have every player ready, tuned up and ready to finish off every team we meet in the playoffs as efficiently as possible, not exhaust 7 players and lose like in game 1 v Orlando last year.
    LeBron, call more plays. Go Cavs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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