The Cleveland Cavaliers, on acquiring LeBron James and Kevin Love over the offseason, were expected to navigate the 2014-15 NBA season with ease - rising rapidly to take up a position at the summit of the NBA.
30 games into the season though, and with just three days remaining before the turn of the year, things haven't gone exactly to plan for LeBron and co in Ohio. Inconsistency has plagued the franchise over the opening months of the campaign and a humiliating 103-80 defeat to the lowly Detroit Pistons on Sunday night was just the latest example of an issue, that should it continue, threatens to ruin James' home coming.
It was no surprise then that LeBron was far from happy in the aftermath of the Cavs' 12th loss of the season and his honest comments to the media are sure to worry Cleveland fans.
"We're not a very good team," explained James after the 23 point loss.
"As far as on the court, we're still trying to find our way as well. We've won some good games, we've lost some games. But right now, we're just not very good in every aspect of the game that we need to be to compete every night."
Hardly the words of a star content with the situation around him. After four years in a successful Miami Heat set up clearly the transition is taking a little longer than expected for everyone in Cleveland.
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Even when the Cleveland Cavaliers have been winning this season LeBron James has erred on the side of caution when assessing the team's progress. Several times he has questioned their mentality and consistency, and now it appears the areas requiring work in the coming weeks know no bounds in his eyes.
While Cavaliers fans have kept on side so far this season during the transition period it seems patience is waning. During the upset to the Pistons last night the team were booed off the court by their home fans and coach Blatt was quick to take responsibility.
"There's a lot of different things you can do, but I obviously didn't succeed in any one of them," he explained.
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