LeBron 'caught off guard' by 'unfortunate' Blatt firing


LeBron James said he did not expect David Blatt's firing, but also supports Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin's decision.

James told reporters on Saturday he was "surprised and caught off guard" with the news of Blatt's firing and called the situation "unfortunate".

"I found out about it just like every other player on this team at 3:30 yesterday," James said. "I think [Griffin] was right on everything he said. ... Like it or love it or hate it, we got to respect it." 

Even though the outside world was shocked by Blatt's firing, there had been rumblings of problems surrounding the Cavaliers since his hiring.

"For me, I can't get caught up and worried about what other people are thinking," James said about those who believe he influenced Blatt's departure. 

"I stopped doing that a long time ago in my career. ... The only thing I can worry about is how I can get these guys better prepared and we can play better basketball." 

James and his camp had reportedly been gunning for Blatt to be fired since last season and "compromised" with Tyronn Lue's hiring as they wanted former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson. 

Griffin also recently said there was a disconnect between the players, coaches and front office and that wins and losses were only a fraction of the problem.

Before Blatt was let go, he had amassed an 83-40 record with the Cavs and led them to the NBA finals last season. This year, the Cavaliers sit atop the East standings with a 30-11 record.