Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin insists LeBron James had nothing to do with the decision to sack coach David Blatt.
Blatt was sensationally let go by the Cavs on Friday, despite the team atop the Eastern Conference with a 30-11 record this season.
The 56-year-old had an 83-40 regular season record in his one and a half seasons as Cavs coach, guiding the team to the NBA finals in 2015.
And Griffin was forced to assure the decision was completely his.
"It's really critical for me that everybody understands that this is my decision. I'm not taking a poll. My job is to run a franchise," Griffin said.
"This narrative that somehow we're taking direction from (James) is just not fair. It's not fair and frankly is not fair to me and our group anymore...
"LeBron plays for this team, he's the leader of this team and he desperately wants to bring a championship to this team.
"He doesn't run this organisation."
Griffin said the reason for sacking Blatt was because the team had taken two steps back for every step forward this season.
"I've never seen a locker room not be so connected after a win as they need to be. We've only been galvanised when expectations were not high," he added.
"We've been a group of tremendous individual talent with individual hopes and dreams. That's not a winning formula.
"I see we need to build a collective spirit and a collective will. Halfway throughout the season we have not developed this identity.
"Each step forward, unfortunately we've taken two steps back ... pretty good is not what we're here for."