After posting 31 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his second triple-double of the season, LeBron James simply wanted to talk basketball with the media. Reporters weren’t interested in James’ on-court dominance though, as his activity on social media once again stole headlines.
This time, it wasn’t about James’ personal tweets that he has deemed “for the educated mind.” Instead, it concerned James’ decision to unfollow the Cleveland Cavaliers’ official pages on Twitter and Instagram.
Having gained a reputation as being passive-aggressive, it’s difficult to figure out what to make of LeBron’s latest move. James has always shut down his social media accounts during the postseason, but with a month left in the regular season and frustration brewing within the organization, the move is certainly strange.
When asked whether he unfollowed both accounts, LeBron simply replied, “next question.”
But for as strange as this whole situation is, one would think the focus should still be on the basketball court. The Cavs have been marred by inconsistent play all season and are still trying to find their groove heading into the playoffs.
Right now, they hold a 1.5 game lead over the Toronto Raptors for the No. 1 seed in the East. With head coach Tyronn Lue already stating he will prioritize his players being well rested over winning games down the stretch, the Cavs are in serious danger of losing home-court advantage.
Holding the No. 2 seed hasn’t been an issue for the Cavs though, as they swept the No. 1 seeded Atlanta Hawks in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals. And if LeBron is posting stat lines similar to last night’s 31-11-11, no one in the Eastern Conference is keeping James from his sixth straight trip to the NBA Finals.