LeBron James Offers Rookie Dejounte Murray Words of Encouragement, Throws Shade at Cavaliers

LeBron James offers rookie Dejounte Murray some words of encouragement and simultaneously throws shade at his own team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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While getting selected by the San Antonio Spurs in this year's draft is fantastic landing spot, Dejounte Murray didn't expect to slide as far as he did. After averaging 16.1 points and 4.5 assists last season at Washington, Murray was projected to be taken "10 spots earlier," instead of 29th overall, according to Raul Dominguez of The Associated Press.  

LeBron James, who has the same agent as Murray, offered up some words of encouragement and told the 19-year-old, "You might not feel like you landed where you wanted, but you're with the best organization in the NBA."

LeBron is still coming off his "Petty LeBron" phase, so this may be a byproduct of that. After all, the "you're with the best organization in the NBA" comment could be taken a number of ways. Maybe he was just saying that to say it, right? Nah. James is crafty with his words. ​

When discussing Steph Curry's second MVP award, James congratulated him but then went on to debate the meaning of "valuable" in Most Valuable Player. When asked about his role on the Cavs, LeBron told reporters, "I'm one of the lower guys on the totem pole," when, in actuality, he's more like the GM/player/coach. 

If James has some sort of issue with the front office, he should only look in the mirror. The Cavaliers have essentially crafted the roster to LeBron's liking. Maybe the root of his gripe has to do with another person, like, say, team majority owner Dan Gilbert. 

"We wouldn't be here if the leader, the hometown MVP had not come back to his state..." - @Cavs owner Dan Gilbert https://t.co/vQ2q8VJ7RZ

— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 22, 2016


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