LeBron James: NBA should take Cavaliers off nationally televised games for rest of year

By Jesse Reed

It’s safe to say LeBron James is approaching rock bottom when it comes to how he feels about his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, who’ve lost 12 of their last 18 games.

During this current losing skid, Cleveland has lost eight games in a row on national television, which is a source of deep frustration for James — a guy who’s used to playing his best when the lights shine brightest.

“I’m lost for words, actually,” James said. “They should take us off every nationally televised game for the rest of the season. We haven’t played good ball and we get our butts kicked every time we play on national television, so I’m at a loss for words.”

Not only have the Cavs lost eight in a row on national television, but they’re getting blown out most nights, too, losing by an average of 18 points.

This team is in full disarray right now. The addition of Isaiah Thomas is (predictably) not working out well. Cleveland has no perimeter defense to speak of aside from James himself. Kevin Love is now out for the next eight with his broken hand.

And the losses continue to pile up.

When asked if the Cavaliers need to make any moves, James clammed up, which is odd considering he’s had plenty to say about pretty much everything in recent years.

When asked if his teammates are working as hard as him, James once again wouldn’t comment — again, very weird for him.

What this all means is that, whether he admits it or not, James is already looking ahead to what’s coming next. He can talk all he wants about reporters getting ahead of themselves regarding free agency, but it’s clear James has already begun to think about his next steps, too.

He’s not happy in Cleveland, and it really appears that nobody is. The Cavaliers are a broken mess. And for once, James doesn’t appear to have the energy to be the engine that drives his team to greater heights.