LeBron’s Passive Aggression Review – The Ringer
LeBron James can do not have an opinion that Kevin Love should start tonight, but he has other opinions. “I have an opinion on who our general is, and that is Coach Lue,” said James when asked about the situation of love earlier today. “He’s going to make the right decision that he thinks is the best for the team. So, I am a nonsense.
It’s not quite LeBron who says, “IF K-LOVE STARTS TONIGHT, MARK JACKSON WILL REPLACE T-LUE AT HALF-TIME. RICH ALREADY HAS WRITTEN CONTRACT AND EVERYTHING. But it’s also not exactly a resounding endorsement of love. He could easily have said, “Kev has started for us all year, and we couldn’t have won the East without him.” Instead, he basically compared Tyronn Lue to George Patton and said, “I’m a rubbish.”
Of course, LeBron’s passive aggressiveness, especially towards love, is nothing new. Remember the infamous from last season FIT-OUT tweet?
This season, LeBron sparked a mini-controversy when he did not include Love in a team photo on Instagram, which was right at the time he sub-tweeted David Blatt’s usual delay. And in March, he went on a tear of cryptic tweets, which he later attributed to his “Nice spirit.“Even Cavs owner Dan Gilbert recognized LeBron’s tendency to be passive-aggressive. “I’m just aggressive-aggressive” he told Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com.
LeBron’s passive aggressiveness even predates his most recent stint in Cleveland. Remember when he was wearing a Yankees hat at a Yankees-Indians playoff game in 2007, or when dragged over the Dallas sideline before a Cowboys-Brows game in 2008? It’s almost like he’s telling Clevelanders to prepare for the worst two years before The Decision.
Speaking of which: The Decision was the Mona Lisa of passive aggression. It might have been deaf and self-congratulating, but it was also raised money for charityso you can’t criticize it too much a lot, lest you look like you don’t care about the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
LeBron’s free agency frenzy in 2014 was also full of passive-aggressive moments. His wife intervened in the action of sub-tweet, it sparked a social media storm by send moving trucks to his house in Miami, and he casually instagrammed from Vegas as the world speculated on his plans. When he announced his return to Cleveland, he ostensibly neglected to mention the no. 1 pick in total, Andrew Wiggins, leading many to speculate that he wanted general manager David Griffin to trade the rookie for a veteran player. A little over a month later, Wiggins was treated for Love, taking LeBron’s passive aggressiveness to the next level.
So, does LeBron want Love to get on the bench tonight? I have no idea. But I know LeBron does everything for a reason. No pressure, T-Lue.