LeBron James, you know how to throw others off their game, don’t you?
From Brian Windhorst of ESPN:
Less than two weeks before their first regular-season meeting, LeBron James believes the Chicago Bulls are better than his Cleveland Cavaliers.
The two teams play Monday night in a preseason game at Ohio State University. The Cavs are calling it their most important preseason game, not just because they’re facing a potential Eastern Conference rival but because James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving will start together for the first time against an NBA team.
“[The Bulls] are a team that’s much better than us right now just off chemistry,” James said. “They’ve been together for a while, we’ve got a long way to go.”
Well, he’s right. Chemistry does go a long way. Egos and unfamiliarity can get in the way of team harmony (hello, 2013 Los Angeles Lakers). Look at the San Antonio Spurs. They didn’t win by accident; that’s a product of team chemistry and being together for so many years.
But then again, talent can sometimes supercede everything else. Look at the 2008 Boston Celtics with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen. Heck, Miami is a pretty good example, too. In 2011, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh pushed Miami to the Finals before running into the Dallas Mavericks, who seemed to be the team of destiny that season. And the Heat won the title the next season. Things can turn around pretty quickly.
And while LeBron is saying that the Bulls are better right now, those are the key words: “right now.” The Cavs may find their stride halfway through the season. The team is talented at the core with LeBron, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love. I won’t be surprised however it goes for the Cavs.
And you shouldn’t be, either. LeBron may be right but there’s also a lot of lip service going on. Right now.
LeBron picture courtesy of Getty Images.