Published: Sat, August 03, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

LeBron James promises 'ether' response to David Griffin, critics

LeBron James promises 'ether' response to David Griffin, critics

New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president David Griffin clarified comments he made about the challenges of building a title contender around LeBron James during their three seasons in Cleveland together, saying Friday that he maintains a "positive relationship" with James.

Griffin said after LeBron delivered on his promise to the city by bringing the Cavaliers their first championship, James lost his same focus about winning.

In the SI story, Griffin stated about James, "I don't think he's the same animal anymore about winning", and added that his job as general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers with LeBron there was hard.

In that piece, Griffin also opened up about the tension he felt as he built the Cavaliers into champions after James' return to the team in 2014.

Griffin, it bears mentioning, left the Cavaliers on good terms with James. James' camp encouraged Griffin to clear up his stance on the record, sources said. I was miserable. Literally the moment we won the championship I knew I was gonna leave. If he's healthy come playoff time, we'll see if James still has that winning drive when he and the Lakers face the likes of the Clippers, Warriors and Rockets with the title hanging in the balance. "There was no way I was gonna stay for any amount of money". "And that's not fun for people", Griffin said of the challenge of working with and playing with James.

"The fact that there was so much scrutiny in everything that we did, when I was speaking about being uncomfortable and being miserable, it was my inability to deal with that media scrutiny", Griffin said. "They don't like being part of that world", Griffin told SI.

This isn't the first time that James' desire to win a championship has been questioned.

At the time, James supported Griffin getting a contract extension, and publicly expressed his disappointment when the two sides parted ways.

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