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Friday, January 14, 2011

Lebron James Tweets as the Cavs fall by 50 - Mean, Cruel, or Cool

Speaking of karma prince James, how is that ankle? At least Dan Gilbert owned up to his comments unlike you backpedaling quicker than a defensive back for the Jets. Seems to me you still can't let Cleveland go or you are just very bored. You think you have fooled everyone by saying you have accepted the villain role, come on man! Your too much of a wussy to accept it. Sounds to me like you ad t all and you miss it. We can't help that you were once god like in Cleveland and now your in Miami winning ballgames and no one gives a shit, not even your own home fans, they don't love you, we Ohioans LOVED you dearly. Notice the past tense, prince.

Lakers kill Cavs, LeBron says 'Karma is a b*****'

I could've sworn I was watching the opening round of the NCAA tournament there for a second. I just knew this had to be a 1-seed pummeling an overmatched 16.

But no, it was actually two professional teams playing, with only one actually playing. The Lakers topped the Cavaliers 112-57 Tuesday. That's a 55-point margin right there. A five and then another five after it. Fifty-five points. The Cavs scored 57 points and the Lakers beat them by 55. That's got to be some kind of something .

What does the coach of a team that just lost by 55 and scored only 57 points say? I bet Byron Scott probably didn't even go to the locker room after the game. He probably just walked straight to the team bus and waited until everyone else got on.

But what does LeBron James tweet while the Cavs take the worst beating in franchise history? Something like this:

"Crazy. Karma is a b****.. Gets you every time. Its not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!"

Maybe it was a coincidence and LeBron wasn't even aware of the Cavs-Lakers game. Maybe he was talking about something entirely different. Or maybe he really is embracing this villain thing. I bet if LeBron could've tweeted that in Comic Sans, he would've.

He told us he was taking mental notes. He heard all the noise talked about him. But it does seem a bit weird to gloat about his old team taking such a walloping, doesn't it? I mean yes, he is playing for the hottest team in basketball. The Heat are clearly awesome. But to take joy in probably the most embarrassing loss in Cavalier history? Doesn't that just seem... cruel?

But then again, LeBron has to take some kind of satisfaction out of this. He did hear a lot coming from Cleveland about his decision to leave. He heard the boos. He heard the stuff being said about his family. He read Dan Gilbert's letter. He heard the chant, saw the signs, read the tweets coming at him. He's human. He felt all of that. So in his defense, this had to feel a bit vindicating for him. He took a lot out on them when he came back and dropped 38 in Cleveland's face, but it hasn't been this bad for the Cavs yet this season.

Still, this is just petty. It's unecessary. It's salt in an amputated leg. We all know the Cavs have fallen on hard times since LeBron's departure. He doesn't really need to point it out. And evidently, he thinks it's God's wrath for all the nasty things people said. I'm pretty sure God isn't punishing the Cavs because of what happened in The Decision fallout. Though Clevelanders might feel like they're being punished for something at this point.

Thelow have been a lot of low points for the Cavaliers since LeBron left. It started with the beatdown following The Return, then the team lost 10 straight. But this game has to be rock bottom. I don't think it gets any worse for Cleveland. This is their 11th straight loss and the 21st out of 22. And not only that, it's a 55-point destruction in which their former favorite son tweeted about karma and God hating them.

(For the Lakers though, this is the lowest amount of points allowed in franchise history, topping the 66 allowed to the Bobcats. I guess the Lakers are getting back on track.)

But I guess Cavs fans can still take this one with them: The largest margin of victory in NBA history? The Cavs over the Heat in 1991 by 68, 148-80. So there's still that, Cleveland.

Newsmaker LeBron lashes out on Twitter

I didn’t watch the Cavaliers-Lakers game Tuesday night — I knew as well as anyone else what was coming, and the Blazers-Knicks game seemed like a better use of my time. 

Then I woke up this morning, logged on to Twitter and found an endless string of tweets expressing varying reactions to LeBron James’ tweet during the Lakers’ 112-57 annihilation of the Cavs: 

The reactions fell into a few distinct camps:

1) “LeBron is an awful person, kicking the Cavs and their fans while they’re down and embracing the villain role with a self-conscious sneer.”

2) “LeBron is a public relations nightmare who consistently says and does stupid things.”

3) “What’s the big deal?” 

Put me squarely in that last camp. I like when athletes are honest, even if they’re petty. I like that Cleveland’s Antawn Jamison called out his teammates for having casual conversations minutes after a pathetic showing. I like that Steve Nash is so openly frustrated. I like that Deron Williams this week expressed a desire to run more. I even sort of like that Gilbert Arenas at least admitted faking an injury to give Nick Young some preseason run, even if the act of faking an injury was so obviously dumb. 

This stuff gives us insight into the actual thoughts of a player and the dynamics of a team, and I’ll always take some uncomfortable and mean-spirited honesty over scripted fluff. 

LeBron, if you haven’t yet realized (how could you not already?), is talking to Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who wrote an open letter (in Comic Sans font) to Cleveland fans trashing LeBron shortly after The Decision special. In that letter, he called LeBron’s move to Miami “a shameful display of selfishness and betrayal”; referred to James and his free agency hype-building as “narcissistic”; labeled LeBron’s decision a “cowardly betrayal” and a “shocking act of disloyalty” (as if LeBron had deserted the U.S. Army during wartime); and said “bad karma” would catch up to LeBron. 

It was a shockingly shortsighted screed, one that might affect Cleveland’s ability to attract high-profile free agents in the future. That’s what bothered me about Gilbert’s letter — not that it was “unprofessional” by the staid (public) standards of corporate America, but that it was so clearly dumb. 

James’ tweet Tuesday night is equally “unprofessional” by those same staid standards, but it is not dumb and has no long-term consequences for him, the Heat or anyone else. It is a very public expression of bitterness over an equally public expression of bitterness. You can hammer James for The Decision – and I have — and you can poke fun at the fact that he doesn’t appear to understand the hypocrisy of reveling in the misery of the Cavs while criticizing Gilbert for wishing ill will upon him.

But don’t make this into more than it is.

Most public relations pros and image-makers certainly would have advised James to take the high road and remain silent. I get that, but those p.r. professionals and image-makers would never allow their clients to say anything interesting, and we don’t want to live in a world ruled by those standards. 

James felt some emotion, and he expressed it on Twitter. This is what people do now. Charlie Villanueva used Twitter to accuse Kevin Garnett of some tasteless trash talk. Chris Douglas-Roberts spent the better part of last season whining on Twitter. Kevin Love broke news on Twitter before his account became too interesting for those image-makers. Andrew Bogut has held trivia contests on Twitter, poked fun at Atlanta for its lack of snow-preparedness and hammered critics (and journalists) who accused him of ducking out on the Bucks by rehabbing in Europe and Australia over the summer. And Terrence Williams shot back at his critics over Twitter this season. 

If James continues to mock the Cavs (and Gilbert) over Twitter, this would become a different story — one of ongoing meanness. But airing some unpleasant emotion now and then is no big deal, especially when the target of that unpleasantness brought it upon himself.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well said. Pure punk!
Nice blog.