LeBron James Wants to Guard Durant
LeBron James wants to guard Kevin Durant; that much is clear. This is one challenge James is not dodging.
He couldn’t have said it any more bluntly in the past 24 hours, except if he’d just come out and demanded, “Give me Durant.” But that is exactly what LeBron has been trying to say, if you understand the passive-aggressive language the Heat use to communicate — language that comes directly from their head coach.
Erik Spoelstra is a good coach, and by all accounts, a nice guy. But he has a problem here in the NBA Finals, and he needs to do something about it before it’s too late.
The problem is, Spoelstra is so hyper-concerned about public perception and criticism — “noise,” he calls it — that you can’t ever tell where the guy is coming from. And if the dutiful scribes and multimedia aficionados and audience members tuning in from coast to coast can’t figure out what Spoelstra wants and what he’s talking about half the time, imagine how the players feel.