LeBron James has a serious problem. He’s a 6”8, 260 lbs tank of human being who acts like a tween girl with posters of One Direction and Justin Bieber in her bedroom.
In what has become an all too common occurrence from LeBron’s leadership playbook, the King has gone back to the passive aggressive Twitter well. Last night, the internet went a bit insane when it was discovered that LeBron had unfollowed the Cleveland Cavaliers official twitter account. When LeBron was asked about this after the game, his response was “next question”.
If there was any doubt that this was not an accidental unfollow, LeBron’s “next question” response all but confirms that it wasn’t. If you need more evidence, LeBron unfollowed the Cavs on Instagram as well (and then re-followed them on Instagram).
It has been reported today that LeBron has removed his sound system from the locker room.
That brings us to the question of the day. Why does LeBron Act like a 13 year old girl?
This is not the first time LeBron has done something similar to this. Earlier this month, LeBron James sent some tweets that were clearly directed towards Kyrie Irving. Irving even responded to the tweets with a cryptic tweet of his own.
Last February, LeBron actually admitted to his stop trying to “FIT-OUT and just FIT-IN” cryptic tweet directed at Kevin Love.
LeBron loves to pull this type of passive aggressive behaviour outside of Twitter too. At the beginning of last season, he infamously let his teammates fail on purpose to teach them a lesson. After making the game-winning shot in the NBA Finals last year, he threw David Blatt under the bus by telling the media that he scrapped the play call drawn up by Blatt. Midway through this season, he orchestrated a coup of David Blatt in favour of Tyronn Lue yet refused to acknowledge publicly that he had anything to do with it. A few days before sending the cryptic tweets towards Kyrie Irving, LeBron spent two straight off-days in Miami training with Dwyane Wade and simply swept the question under the rug when asked about it.
Yes, it is a pattern.
What I don’t understand is why one of the greatest basketball players of all-time resorts to this style of leadership. It doesn’t make sense to me that the owner, GM, coach and best player of a franchise chooses to direct his frustrations in such an indirect manner. While it is possible that a lot of these issues are being addressed internally, it is a wonder to me why LeBron does not wish to keep these issues internal.
Imagine having a boss who occasionally sends mass emails to every employee talking in general terms about what the company needs to do better but everyone knows that the email is clearly directed at one individual. Maybe that is your boss. Well, that’s pretty much what it is like playing with LeBron.
Justin Bieber posted a photo a couple of days ago on Instagram kissing his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez. Gomez liked the photo and commented “Perfect.” People went crazy about what this comment meant and whether the two are going to get back together.
I highlight the Bieber-Gomez fiasco because it is exactly the type of situation where we expect cryptic social media messages. The relationship status of an on again, off again celebrity couple. I imagine that, with the prominence of social media now, it’s the type of stuff that happens with teen girls (and guys to a lesser extent). Heck, I remember back in high school when it was a big deal that someone unfriended you on Facebook.
When there is already so much chaos in Cleveland, it is more than a bit odd that LeBron intentionally wants to create more chaos. If the Cavs don’t win a championship this year, people already were discussing the possibility of LeBron leaving Cleveland, again. Why add fuel to the fire by unfollowing the Cavs on social media?
LeBron is an incredibly calculated and intelligent individual. He knows what he is doing. He knows he is going to be asked the question when he does these types of things. However, he acts as if he is surprised when these questions come his way.
I can’t imagine Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan acting like this. Kobe and Jordan would just tell you straight up to your face what the problem is.
The only explanation I can come up with for LeBron’s petty behaviour is that this is his nature. LeBron is not built from the mold of a Kobe or a Jordan. It comes through in his play. Rather than take over games himself, LeBron’s instinct in the past was to defer to others. He has never been the cold blooded killer. Not that he is a passive person by everyday standards, but relative to Kobe and Jordan, LeBron is not an in your face person and his leadership is reflective of that.
It’s almost as if he thrives off of the unnecessary drama that he creates. He’s mad at the Cavs, or David Blatt, or Kevin Love, or Kyrie Irving for whatever reason. He has all the power but instead of telling them privately that something is wrong, he sends a cryptic tweet or says something strange to the media that anyone with half a brain can figure out who he is directing it to.
I’m sure this is some kind of tactical measure designed to get him what he wants. I don’t know how what this specific action accomplishes but there has to be a game plan in there somewhere. Still, it boggles my mind that LeBron chooses to go straight down Passive Aggressive Boulevard and Cryptic Avenue when he is upset.
Selena Gomez likes Justin Bieber’s photo and comments “Perfect.” LeBron unfollows the Cavs on Twitter.
Someone please tell me because I can’t figure it out. Why does LeBron act like a 13 year old girl?