Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James Should Stop Tweeting

Apr 2, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) look on in the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 2, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) look on in the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports /

LeBron James has been sending out “cryptic” tweets that have Cleveland Cavaliers fans worried about the chemistry of the team.

There isn’t a day that goes by where there isn’t any drama going on with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

After a heartbreaking loss to the Toronto Raptors last Friday, a bad loss to the Washington Wizards with a LeBron James-less Cavaliers team last Sunday, and an “ugly” win against the Indiana Pacers on Monday, not to mention speculation that Kyrie Irving is “unhappy” with his current situation, it has been an interesting few days in Cleveland.

Needless to say, things started to get weird on Tuesday. Most NBA fans know that James likes to tweet or “sub-tweet” messages to his teammates. It all started last season when there were reports of Kevin Love and James having issues with each other. James went on Twitter and sub-tweeted a message that read “Stop trying to find a way to FIT-OUT and just FIT-IN.”

It was the first time anybody had seen a prominent player call out their teammates like that. It was brought up for a few weeks, and the Cavaliers went on to the NBA Finals a few months later.

With the alleged turmoil going on within the Cavaliers locker room, James sent out a tweet that some people felt was either directed at Irving, the whole team, or an apology for his alleged actions at head coach Tyronn Lue after he told James to sit out a few possessions against the Raptors and he refused.

Fans once again were dumbfounded as to why James was subtweeting his teammates instead of just telling them directly, but this was only the beginning. The Cavaliers had three days off before their rematch against the Wizards on Friday. Players use that time as a chance to heal and and get personal workouts in before having to return to practice on the day before the game.

However, James took a different approach. Instead of staying with his teammates in Cleveland, he went down to Miami to workout with his best friend and former Miami Heat teammate, Dwyane Wade. There was a video taken by their trainer on Wednesday morning of James dancing and smiling along with Wade.

This caused an immediate uproar among the media and Cavaliers fans. Wade responded to all of the questions to the meetup with  ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. ” It’s the gym I workout at. We worked together today and that’s it. That’s one of my best friends, so it’s not odd,” Wade said. ” If it was somebody I didn’t know, It would be a little different.”

Back at practice on Thursday, James answered questions about the criticism he got about going down to ESPN Cleveland beat writer Dave McMenamin. ” I don’t care,” James said. ” What do I go there for? I go there because I want to.”

That wasn’t the answer that a worried and angry Cavaliers fanbase wanted to hear, but things got a little more interesting. After practice ended, James went back to Twitter again.

This tweet put most Cavalier fans on edge. Words such as “passive-aggressive” and”drama” were used frequently throughout  Twitter feeds after it was posted. This is what comes with the territory of having a super team. The Boston Celtics went through it with Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, as did the Heat.

If they came out sluggish or lost two games in a row, they were critiqued and the players should be traded away. The proverbial “world is coming to an end” feeling is just how it is among the media.

Just because James went down to Miami doesn’t mean he’s going to rejoin the Heat next season. It doesn’t mean that he hates his teammates. While some of his antics might rub some people the wrong way, it is clear that James wants to win the first championship in Cleveland since 1964.

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That was clear during last year’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors where he almost averaged a triple-double a game. We all have the right to free speech, and James definitely uses that to the best of his ability. But for his sake and the sake of Cavaliers fans, he should take a break from tweeting for a while and just focus on basketball.