Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James said he was surprised and caught off guard by the firing of coach David Blatt, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Chris Haynes. James called the move unfortunate, but added that Cavaliers general manager David Griffin's comments on Friday were correct:
LeBron on David Griffin: "I think he was right on everything he said ... Like it or love it or hate it, we got to respect it"— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 23, 2016
In case you missed it: Griffin said that the team wasn't connected, pretty good wasn't good enough and he was judging more than the record. James echoed Griffin, saying that he'd previously told the media that it wasn't about wins and losses and now everyone can see what that means.
James added that the Cavs were "affected way before Monday," via the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Joe Vardon. If that's the case, then should this really be a surprise?
It sounds like, while the timing shocked everybody, there were clearly problems in Cleveland. In a way, this came out of nowhere. In another way, this was a long time coming.