David Griffin: "Everything we did was so inorganic and unsustainable and, frankly, not fun. Literally the moment we won the championship I knew I was going to leave. There was no way I was going to stay for any amount of money… That's not fun for people, they don't like being part of that world… The reason is LeBron is getting all the credit and none of the blame. And that’s not fun for people. They don’t like being part of that world.”
Doug Gottlieb: “When enough people say the SAME THING about working with the same guy, his friends and teammates can deny it all they want, but this is a narrative because it’s TRUE. Reputations are not given, they are EARNED. Pat Riley, David Griffin, and Magic Johnson all walked away going ‘That was not fun’. Nowhere did they say he wasn’t a great player or they weren’t successful.”
Listen to Doug Gottlieb (filling in for Colin Cowherd) discuss former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin’s recent sit-down interview with Sports Illustrated that didn’t shy away from blasting Cavaliers icon LeBron James.
Griffin revealed he was ‘miserable’ in Cleveland and couldn’t get out fast enough, telling SI that it’s ‘not fun’ for executives to have to work above LeBron while he gets ALL of the credit for what the team is accomplishing, and NONE of the blame if the team falters.
Check out the audio or video below as Gottlieb details why LeBron EARNED this reputation, and how the sentiments from Griffin directly mirrored similar statements from former LeBron execs, Pat Riley in Miami, and Magic Johnson in Los Angeles.