NBA rumors have been floating around all season that the primary goal for the Cleveland Cavaliers is to figure out some way to get past the Golden State Warriors. The loss in the NBA Finals last season still stings throughout the entire organization. The Cavaliers might finally have a plan that might work. According to Cleveland Plains Dealer, LeBron James is now embracing the idea of playing power forward on a full time basis.
LeBron James tries his best to always be a team player. However, every NBA player has their preferences on the court. In the past, James has played power forward before, but he’s often reiterated that it is not his preference. He prefers playing his more natural small forward position. James doesn’t like the idea of expending extra energy guarding bigger opponents because it takes away from his ability to dominate on the offensive side of the game.
Playing LeBron James at power isn’t something that Tyronn Lue masterfully came up with. Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra and former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt both utilized the same strategy. The major difference, however, is that James is now embracing the move. The desire to not be beaten by Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in an NBA Finals rematch might have a lot to do with the change in stance.
One of the few guys in the NBA that can defend Draymond Green and his versatility is LeBron James. It’s a difficult assignment, but James will have to accept the role if he wants to finally bring an NBA Championship to the Cleveland Cavaliers. If LeBron stays solely at small forward, then the Cavaliers are forced to rely on guys like Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love, and Timofey Mozgov to chase after Green, which is not a preferred scenario for Cleveland.
NBA players talk about sacrifices all the time. Those that want to win championships know that it’s a necessary ingredient. LeBron James has had a taste of that success when he was with the Miami Heat. Since he desperately wants to share that feeling with the Cleveland Cavaliers, then sacrifice is something that he needs to commit even further to. Playing power forward is what James needs to do.
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