LeBron James' latest comments should concern Cavaliers fans

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LeBron James was the hero once again for the Cleveland Cavaliers last night as he sunk a buzzer beater to tie up their playoff series with the Chicago Bulls at 2-2.

The superstar's sensational shot was enough to ensure he made all the back pages come Monday morning.

Worrying words

Comments made since the crucial 86-84 win, though, have opened up a can of worms that Cavaliers fans will not want to dwell on.

In the aftermath of the crucial win everybody wanted to hear from LeBron James on just how the Cavaliers, and head coach David Blatt, drew up a play that ensured the four-time NBA MVP was able to get a shot away.

As it turns out, it wasn't so much so coach Blatt as 'coach LeBron':

"To be honest, the play that was drawn up, I scratched it. I just told coach, 'Give me the ball.' We're either going to go to overtime or I'm going to win it for us. It was that simple."

James didn't stop there, the former Miami Heat man openly discussing how he overruled Blatt for such a crucial play.

"I was supposed to take the ball out. I told coach, 'There's no way I'm taking the ball out, unless I can shoot it over the backboard and it goes in.' I told him, 'Have somebody else take the ball out, give me the ball, and everybody get out of the way."

Lack of trust

The idea that Blatt wanted LeBron, the best player in the league, to inbound the ball with under one second remaining on the clock is worrying in itself. So too, though, is the constant undermining of the head coach's position.

This latest revelation certainly doesn't do the reputation of coach Blatt much good as he looks to guide Cleveland to the title in his first year as an NBA head coach.

His rookie season has been rife with rumors of player unrest and a lack of leadership and this isn't the first time we have seen LeBron take charge of proceedings.

Too much to handle?

The issues here are two fold. Have the Cleveland Cavaliers hamstrung themselves by putting the wrong man in charge as they pursue glory? And just when does player power become too much?

In this instance there can be very few people who would argue LeBron James did the wrong thing in overruling a clearly poor play call. If this is happening on a regular basis though it is not the way to bring a title back to Ohio.

As for Blatt's future? The way things are going, if he fails to get his hands on the Larry O'Brian Trophy come June then there will be very few people predicting his return come the 2015-16 NBA season.

Cavaliers fans: Is David Blatt going to cost you the chance at glory this playoffs? Have your say in the comments section below...

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