LeBron James makes everyone around him better, even if that means holding them accountable for what they did or didn’t do on the court. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Danny Green, unfortunately, found out the hard way.
“Stop jogging and get a f**king lay up!”
Being teammates with LeBron is a blessing because, for an entire decade, it basically meant a guarantee to play in the Finals. James went to the Finals ten times and appeared in eight consecutive years from 2011 to 2018. If you’re on his team, you have a specific role to play. May it be a rebounder, ball handler, or outside shooter. LeBron’s teams are structured around his skillset, and players need to earn their minutes on the floor.
When The King noticed Danny Green was not holding up his end of the bargain, he issued an NSFW message to the veteran.
One flaw of the teams that James is on is the overreliance on his brilliance. It’s true that LeBron can make anyone around him better, and the team he’s on become instant contenders, but he can’t do it all alone. So now that he’s in the last phase of his career, LeBron would defer to his teammates more than ever in his career.
He shouldn’t have to do the heavy lifting anymore at his age. So James’ goal is to add more championships to his resume, and he can’t do that if he overworks himself in the regular season.
LeBron James is no Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant
Critics of James claim he’s no Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant because he lacked the killer instinct of MJ or Kobe. It’s true -- he deferred game-winning shots to his teammates in situations where Mike or Kobe would have taken it no matter the outcome.
LeBron was also bashed in the past for his fun personality on the floor. But as Danny Green experienced, James demands accountability from his teammates because he is doing his part in leading the team. So it might be NSFW, but the message was clear: shape up and do your thing.
LeBron James is different, and he’s no Kobe or MJ, but he’s also demanding that those around him do their part. He may not do it as Jordan or Bryant did, but his rings and trips to the Finals prove his methods work.