With the Cleveland Cavaliers mired in a four-game losing streak and a 5-7 start, LeBron James is bluntly admitting “I’m not doing my job.”
Speaking with reporters after shootaround just hours before the Cavs were to face the Orlando Magic Monday night, James added “I got to do a better job and it will help our team. For me being the leader of the team, if I start hanging my head low, then I think it’s going to go to everyone else. They look up to me. They look to me to make a difference and I got to stay positive even throughout the rough times.”
Through a dozen games, the 29-year-old James is averaging the least amount of points (24.7) on the lowest shooting percentage (.467) since his rookie season in 2003-04. The Cavs’s 5-7 start also represents the worst won-loss start of his career since that same season, when the Cavs stumbled to a 4-8 beginning.
The King isn’t alone in his struggles. Kevin Love has seen his scoring average dip nearly 10 points this season compared to the 26.1 he averaged in Minnesota last season.
“I think it’s a chance for us to pick ourselves back up and tonight is a game that we must we win,” Love said.
Added James of the slump “I don’t like to forget about it. That’s not the makeup of who I am. I’m not one guy to just throw away things that go on. I got an opportunity to spend some time with my family, watch some football — the Browns won, Cowboys won, so I had a really, really good Sunday — but I watched some basketball last night too so my mind was back in the flow of things.”
After the Magic game, the Cavs play five games in 11 days, including facing the Wizards and the Knicks, both of whom they’ve already lost to this season.[Photo Credit: Keith Allison]
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