LeBron James and the Cavaliers want to run, run, run. Coach Mike Brown isnâ€™t ready to let his team loose.With their offense sputtering during a rough patch in an up-and-down season, some of the Cavaliers, most prominently James, are questioning the clubâ€™s defense-oriented philosophy.
James, whose scoring average is down five points from last season, believes the Cavs would be better off playing at a faster pace, pushing the ball up the floor to quicken the gameâ€™s tempo, and, to score more points.
Larry Hughes has the same opinion, as do other Cleveland players.
That contradicts Brownâ€™s offensive style: a deliberate, half-court flow of screens and patience he learned working on San Antonio coach Gregg Popovichâ€™s staff â€” a system that helped the Cavs advance in last seasonâ€™s playoffs.
James, though, feels itâ€™s time for a change. Itâ€™s time to run.
â€œI think so,â€ he said. â€œWeâ€™ve got enough athletes where we can get up and down the court. At times the coaching staff feels the same way, at other times, no. Weâ€™re kind of playing basketball for the playoffs. Our offense is geared toward half-court basketball instead of getting out and running.â€
James said he has told the coach that, too.