The Cleveland Cavaliers held a players-only meeting after a 29-point loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, and players got contentious and confronted each other, according to multiple sources.
The Cavaliers also lost to the Charlotte Bobcats at home on Friday.
In a loss at the Chicago Bulls on Monday, Mike Brown and Kyrie Irving got into an exchange on the bench after Brown pulled Irving from the game.
Irving is struggling, shooting just 38 percent from the field and 32 percent from 3-point range. He was just 5-of-16 shooting in the loss to the Bobcats.Sam Amico @SamAmicoFSO
Confrontation between Cavs players reported by ESPN involved Dion Waiters, source says. Waiters sat out last night, didn't travel today.Anthony Lima @AnthonyLimaFAN 1h
If you don't think that contentious Cavs players' only meeting was a mutiny against Kyrie, you're fooling yourself. Players sick of his actThis was supposedly from Columbus writer:Scott @ WFNY @WFNYScott 1h
This all said, I can't imagine the Cavs are just saying that Kyrie's black eye is from a the Brewer elbow. At least I hope they aren't...
Wow. I thought Mike Brown left the drama and his shi*ty offensive schemes back in LA?Somewhat general, but I asked if I could interview him about Aaron Craft and he seemed very annoyed and got defensive in his answers -- things like, 'Well people said he beat me, but that's what you guys do' -- even though I wasn't pushing him on anything. The interview went fine enough and I got a good story out of it, but after doing a lap around the locker room I came back and asked if I could ask him one more question. All he did was stare at me, before pointing to a PR goon who ushered me out.
After the game, we did a group interview with him, and his answers were fine enough, but when it wrapped up, I heard him say to the PR guy "I swear to god, I'm going to punch so and so in the face." It seemed like he was annoyed that somebody didn't adhere to the PR guy saying "Last question" and Kyrie wasn't having it. This type of thing happens all the time in interviews, and it's not like he'll ever be in Columbus again anytime soon, so for that to get under his skin seemed a bit dramatic.
I talked to some people who cover the team more regularly than I do -- I just went cause I'm a Cavs fan and wanted to get that Craft story -- and not very many people had good things to say about him. Without getting into too much detail, his partying has been a problem, so much so that the Cavs have had to step in at times. There was also an incident where he got a staffer fired last season and where he skipped fan appreciation night. Little things, I guess, but it really changed how I look at him
IMO, George Karl would have been the perfect coach for Kyrie and the Cavs young team. Karl is a player friendly coach and has helped develop and mature many young players before. Even Lionel Hollins would have been a good choice.
Brown is just an awful HC. He's proven it time and time again. LeBron won inspite of him. LBJ deserves major props for surviving a Mike Brown coached team and actually getting the Cavs to have one of the top records in the NBA every year.
If Brown continues to piss off Kyrie and alienate Kyrie from the team, what's to say that Kyrie won't want out when his contract's up? Or even before that?