Originally posted by 4ML:
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Haha, that GIF is awesome. I don't think it' s a coincidence that LeBron started winning titles right around the same time he started being an a*****e. That's f**kin' great. That's exactly what you want out of your leader/best player.
From reading hoopshype and articles on ESPN...it seems like they're a very close group. Lebron apologized to Chalmers few minutes later during a timeout, then publicly in the post game interview...and then on Twitter. But yes, what has changed from Cleveland is - that attitude off the court didn't make him hesitant to call out his team-mates on the court. And I completely agree that you need your best player to do just that. We saw him yelling at Wade and Bosh in last year's playoffs.
The biggest lesson that I've learned in the past couple of years while coaching is how vital attitude and mentality is. For example, the other day we played a team that used to be in our league back in the day and would whoop us every single time. About 3 minutes into the game, one of their players jumped a passing lane and dunked. On our level, an in game dunk is pretty rare, and even though it was in our home gym, the crowd was buzzing. I turned to my assistant coach and said, "Byron's going to hit a 3 here". Byron is my captain...all 5'7", 130lbs of him...and is a hardass through and through. The team could have gone one of two ways at that point. They could have either been rattled by a guy throwing one down, been overwhelmed by the other team's size & athleticism, etc...or they could gotten indignant and stood up to the "bully". Byron hit the 3 (I didn't call a play for him or anything), and we ended up winning by 13. First time I think we've ever beaten that school.
Being able to get in each others faces is part of being close ON the court. It's part of that mentality. Basketball...and defense especially...is SOOOOOOO much about accountability. So much of team defense involves covering for someone else, with the trust that someone's going to cover for you. When that's not happening, that HAS to be addressed in the moment. Now, there's a right way to do it so it doesn't just deteriorate into finger pointing, but when your best player is demanding that kind of accountability, everyone has to fall in line. The culture of your team is such an underrated quality, and stuff like what LeBron did last night reinforces it. I think it's incredibly lame that he has to publicly apologize to Chalmers to pacify the general public. If there's any beef because of something like that that happens in the heat of the moment, it's no one else's business.
[ Edited by LA9erFan on Dec 19, 2013 at 11:16 AM ]