The Cavaliers have lost three in a row and four of their last five games to fall to 18-14 and fifth in the East. James has sat out losses to the
Earlier this week, James and star point guard Kyrie Irving had to come to the defense of first-year Coach
Now James is dealing with the fallout of the video of him and Wade chatting after the Heat's 101-91 victory over the Cavaliers on Christmas Day in which LeBron tells his former teammate that "if things aren't better this year, we're going to reunite again and do some bigger and better things, all right?"
James told reporters that he couldn't recall exactly to what he referred in that conversation, but it probably had nothing to do with basketball since he had dinner with Wade on Tuesday and could have discussed such things in private.
"I've seen that video too," said the 11-year veteran. "I don't know exactly what I said, but I know it had nothing to do about basketball. I wouldn't say that on Christmas, in front of cameras. That had nothing to do with me leaving here.
"I didn't go to college, but I'm not stupid. If I would have said something, I would have said it [Tuesday] night to D-Wade. I'm here now and I'm here to build something in the future."
James also explained that there is nothing wrong with his knee that rest can't heal.