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Cleveland Cavaliers’ locker room reaching boiling point

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The rumbles within the Cleveland Cavaliers locker room have been growing louder for weeks. Players who initially didn’t want to talk about what is plaguing this team are beginning to open up, and most of the issues are pointing back to guards Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, along with an unhappiness with Mike Brown and his staff.

“He’s acting like he doesn’t care,” one Cavs player said of Irving.

And that’s just the start of the article. Everyone got thrown under the bus, especially the coaching staff.

In the Daily News report, a source close to Deng said, “The stuff going on in practice would never be tolerated by the coaching staff or the front office back in Chicago. It’s a mess.”

Players have privately complained that Brown’s coaching staff, with at least seven assistants, is too big. An assistant coach will tell a player one thing, then Brown will come back and yell at that player because he wants it done another way.

“We’re getting too many mixed messages,” one player said. “This isn’t very much fun. We were losing last year with Byron, but at least we were having fun.”

The biggest takeaway is that management is likely to make trades to alleviate the problems before the deadline.

Two sources close to the team confirmed that barring a significant turnaround before the trade deadline, this roster will likely face some upheaval. That very well could include Waiters, whose act has worn thin on his teammates and various members of the organization.

The latest evidence of Waiters attitude came via Twitter before last week’s Knicks’ game.

Along with the Waiters’ issue, the team actually has a losing record since trading for Luol Deng along with worse defensive efficiency with him on the squad. I have no clue what to make of that situation. It’s just a huge mess.

But we do know one thing for certain now: LeBron James is not coming back to this. The pipe dream is officially over.- AL

Source: Akron-Beacon Journal Online

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