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Report: LeBron concerned about Cavs' ability to compete with Warriors

Report: LeBron concerned about Cavs' ability to compete with Warriors

It's been a roller-coaster of an offseason for the Cavaliers and LeBron James isn't pleased.

James is frustrated and concerned about Cleveland's ability to construct a team that can better compete with the Warriors, according to USA Today Sports' Jeff Zillgitt.

On June 19 -- one week after the Cavs' Game 5 loss to the Warriors in the NBA Finals and three days before the NBA Draft -- owner Dan Gilbert elected to part ways with GM David Griffin (the press release said it was a mutal decision).

Before he left the organization, Griffin was reportedly close to acquiring Jimmy Butler.

As Zillgitt writes: "Expecting an aggressive offseason approach that would close the gap on the champion Golden State Warriors, James soon found his anticipation and optimism diminished after Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert dismantled the front office." 

Cleveland re-signed Kyle Korver and added Jose Calderon.

LeBron, who will turn 33 years old on Dec. 30, can opt out of his contract and become a free agent next summer.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words

Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words

 

Kevin Durant didn't mean to lampoon the Thunder, later deleting the tweets, but he said what he said

Asked about Durant on Friday and Thunder GM Sam Prestie took the high road. 

"I think the only thing I can say to that is just to be consistent with everything that I have said and everyone else from the organization," Presti said. "I, and no one from the Thunder, really has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant, and I think we've been hopefully very open about the fact that we have tremendous appreciation and respect for what he and his teammates and coaches and everybody over his tenure here accomplished, and I really don't think there's anything more to say than that."

Durant called the actions "childish" and "idiotic" and said that his actions have impacted his sleep cycles and eating habits.

The Warriors first face the Thunder on Wednesday, Nov. 22 in Oklahoma City.

 

Warriors eliminated in first round of playoffs in 2018 simulation

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Warriors eliminated in first round of playoffs in 2018 simulation

Basketball video game NBA 2k18 has simulated the upcoming season and come up with some interesting results. 

The Warriors will fail to defend their title this season, according to CBS Sports, falling to the Timberwolves in seven games in the first round of the playoffs. 

In a surprise Final matchup, the Thunder are scriptd to top the Wizards in five games. 

The Cavaliers, in the simulation, enter the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the East but fall to the Wizards in five games in the Eastern Conference Finals.

According to the simulation, Stephen Curry will be your MVP and Steve Kerr will be Coach of the Year. 

The video game estimates just two Warriors on the All-Star team -- Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. And it estimates both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will return for the 3-point contest.

Also noteworthy, four head coaches were fired over the course of the simulated season including Luke Walton by the Lakers and Dave Joerger by the Kings. 

Western Conference final standings
1. Golden State Warriors (63-19)
2. Houston Rockets (55-27)
3. Los Angeles Clippers (55-27)
4. Oklahoma City Thunder (53-29)
5. Denver Nuggets (46-36)
6. Utah Jazz (43-39)
7. San Antonio Spurs (43-39)
8. Minnesota Timberwolves (42-40)
9. New Orleans Pelicans (41-41)
10. Portland Trail Blazers (40-42)
11. Sacramento Kings (39-43)
12. Memphis Grizzlies (37-45)
13. Phoenix Suns (36-46)
14. Dallas Mavericks (31-51)
15. Los Angeles Lakers (30-52)