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LeBron James on Cavaliers' struggles: 'Relax'
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LeBron James on Cavaliers' struggles: 'Relax'
Friday November 7th, 2014

On Friday, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James denied to reporters that he had a heated exchange with teammate Kyrie Irving on Tuesday night.

An ESPN report earlier this week said the two players clashed in the locker room after the Cavaliers' 101-82 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

James who was scoreless in the second half Tuesday, explained his quiet performance by saying that he was “trying to instill what it takes to win” and noting the process could take "months." 

After the exchange, Irving quickly left and did not speak to media. James, on the other hand, immediately addressed nearby media members, saying, "There's a lot of bad habits, a lot of bad habits been built up the past couple years," James said, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst"When you play that style of basketball, it takes a lot to get it up out of you."

James also said Friday that he and Irving are still "working through a process of learning to play together." Irving joked Friday that his argument with LeBron James was over the merits of LeBron's television show, Survivor Remorse. 

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Windhorst also said in his original report that the exchange between the two players was termed "healthy" by team officials. 

The struggles for Cleveland continued Wednesday when the team lost in the final seconds to the Utah Jazz, 102-100. 

On Thursday, LeBron sent a Tweet telling fans to 'RELAX.' 

Cleveland (1-3) plays the Denver Nuggets Friday night at the Pepsi Center.  

- Will Green

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