When the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers play a preseason game in Brazil on Saturday, it will be the first time LeBron James’ new team faces his old one. As the preseason game has drawn closer and Heat players have been asked more questions about James’ departure, his former teammates haven’t shied away from talking about the challenges of playing with him.
James has heard the remarks from Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers. It doesn’t seem like he appreciates them.
Bosh made headlines earlier this week by relaying some friendly advice to new Cleveland forward Kevin Love about what it’s like to play with James. Bosh previously averaged at least 22 points per game in his last five seasons with the Toronto Raptors before joining Miami, when his scoring averaged dipped to just over 16 points per game each of the last two seasons. Of course, Bosh experienced plenty of team success with James, as Miami appeared in four consecutive NBA Finals and won two championships.
On the subject of playing with James, Bosh said:
“It’s going to be very difficult for him,” Bosh said of Love’s new task. “Even if I was in his corner and I was able to tell him what to expect and what to do, it still doesn’t make any difference. You still have to go through things, you still have to figure out things on your own. It’s extremely difficult and extremely frustrating. He’s going to have to deal with that.”
Chalmers, the point guard on James’ championship teams in Miami, also said the role of Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving was about to change. After serving as the catalyst for so much of the success in Miami over the last four seasons, James has to wonder why his former teammates are airing out their grievances though the media.
The Heat and Cavs will play in the regular season for the first time on Christmas. Irving is likely to miss the exhibition game in Brazil with an ankle injury.