And while James was laser-focused those days on bringing a title to Cleveland - a promise he fulfilled - Griffin was not afraid to say he doesn't see the same fire from James in Los Angeles.
When asked about his experience while working with LeBron James, David Griffin said the following in a story released by Sports Illustrated: "Everything we did was so inorganic and unsustainable and, frankly, not fun". "There wasn't a lot else for him", he noted. He said that once they had won the 2016 National Basketball Association championship, he knew he "was gonna leave".
According to Griffin, "creating a team around LeBron James every season was a bad experience and there is no way he would do that again for any amount of money", writes Monsters and Critics.
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Griffin has quickly reworked the Pelicans' roster after losing Anthony Davis by building around No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson. Enough is enough. The throne has been played with [too] much and I ain't for horseplay. It's said that James' camp encouraged Griffin to clear up his stance on the record. After all, he did say LeBron isn't "the same animal anymore about winning". He also stated that James "is getting all the credit and none of the blame" for the Cavaliers' success at the time. "I always was, which is why we had a great relationship, because I would tell him what he needed to hear and he respected that I was telling him that for the right reasons". Upon returning to Cleveland for a second stint with the franchise in 2014, James signed a one-year deal with a player option for the second year.
While James had won three National Basketball Association titles between Miami and Cleveland, he led a dysfunctional Lakers team to a 37-45 record last season.