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Why did LeBron James post a cryptic Arthur meme on Instagram?

The King posted the angry fist meme on Instagram minutes after Kyrie Irving torched the Hawks for 35 points.

Late Monday night, LeBron James posted this meme on Instagram: a photo from the cartoon Arthur, typically associated with someone being salty or upset.

His caption? “Mood...”


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The post went live minutes after Kyrie Irving scored 35 points on 14-of-22 shooting to lead the Celtics to their ninth straight win. It also comes after the Cavaliers lost six of their last eight games to markedly lesser competition, including blowout losses to the Pelicans, Pacers and Magic.

At least two top-tier point guards saw and commented on LeBron’s post: Damian Lillard and James’s injured teammate, Isaiah Thomas.

Others who liked it? C.J. McCollum, Eric Bledsoe and Jahlil Okafor.

Why is LeBron’s mood ... well, moody?

The Cavaliers have a bevy of issues that have contributed to their early season woes, and here are a few of them in no order:


The Cavaliers are playing like a team that has eight new players on the roster because they are, in fact, a team that has eight new players on the roster. Given the shortened training camp and preseason, the team hasn’t had enough time to get used to playing with each other, or get acclimated to playing alongside the best player in the world. That will come with time.


You would never expect a team with LeBron James, Kevin Love and some of the NBA’s best supporting wings to fall to a 4-6 record this early on. But the Cavaliers are losing to teams they should be blowing out of the water. That’s all effort. Cleveland has lost to Atlanta, Indiana, New York, New Orleans, Brooklyn and Orlando. Only one of those teams were in the playoffs last year, and the Hawks lost Paul Millsap in free agency.

Point guard play

As Irving, LeBron’s former co-star, went off for 35 points in Boston’s win, the Cavaliers sit with James as their starting point guard. And while The King normally handles the brunt of Cleveland’s playmaking duties, he has traditionally done so with another capable scorer and creator on the roster.

Until now. Isaiah Thomas is out with a hip injury and there’s no telling when the All-Star guard will return. Derrick Rose is nursing an ankle injury and, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, will be on a minutes restriction all season long. And the only other point guard on the Cavs’ roster is Jose Calderon.

That’s a lot of pressure to put on James to be the be-all, end-all for his team so early on in the season.

LeBron has a few reasons to be upset in November, but odds are those issues will be resolved as the Cavaliers hit their stride mid-season.

But if not, his teammates should expect far worse than an Instagram post.

To be clear, we have no idea why LeBron posted this picture. It could be anything. This is all just fun speculation.

Good news! LeBron’s in a better mood this morning

He tweeted this early on Tuesday.

We paired the appropriate Arthur meme with it, just to be sure.

Looks like LeBron's in a muuuch better mood today

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