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Cavs' Rodney Hood says he's struggling playing alongside LeBron James

His known issues with attitude aside, he was putrid 38.9 percent from the field with Utah, suggesting his value to the Cavs was overstated from the start.


Kahron Spearman


The old saying is that pressure bursts pipes.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers wing Rodney Hood, who has played little since Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, acknowledged to The Undefeated that he's still struggling to adjust pressures in playing with superstar LeBron James and championship-or-bust aspirations.

 

Struggling with confidence, he's collected more healthy DNP-CD (Did Not Play - Coach's Decision) that he expected.

At times when I may lose a little bit of confidence because of playing time or whatever, I look back to my Utah highlights a lot on YouTube just to remind myself that that was this [season] when I did those things.

Rodney Hood
G/F, Cleveland Cavaliers

"This is something different. It has been tough," Hood said of the pressures of playing alongside LeBron James. "The basketball stuff has been the easiest part. The stuff that comes out of it, you lose a game and everyone talks about it on TV the next day. They may say some things that you may not agree with. If you win a game, youre supposed to. Those kind of things are something I kind of got on a much smaller scale and dealt with at Duke."

"You lose a game and you feel like the world is coming down," he continued. "You win, its like, youre supposed to win. Its still a struggle to me to adapt to that."

 

Hood was averaging 16.8 points and 2.6 threes a game off the bench in Utah before he was traded. However, aside from known issues with attitude, he shot a putrid 38.9 percent from the field with Utah, suggesting his value to the Cavs was overstated from the start. 

 

Shooting a lot for a non-contending team is one thing. Playing efficiently for a team with James is another.

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