SI.com: Cavaliers' horrible night didn't escape LeBron
LeBron James apparently is not one to forget what Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said on James' way out last summer.
January 12th, 2011
01:59 PM ET

SI.com: Cavaliers' horrible night didn't escape LeBron

When LeBron James made "The Decision" on national television over the summer, it was met with an uproar, was deemed a public relations nightmare and alienated a city that once adored him.

Six months later, LeBron's made-for-TV special is long gone, but the NBA superstar is still publicly making ill-advised decisions that are turning plenty of heads.

Shortly after the Los Angeles Lakers annihilated the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-57 last night, LeBron took to Twitter to vent a little frustration and kick his former team while it was down.

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

The tweet was pointed at the Cavaliers and his doubters, particularly Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who infamously penned a ranting letter to Cavs season-ticket holders badmouthing LeBron shortly after he bolted for Miami last summer. Among the many insults and promises Gilbert launched at LeBron was the claim that "bad karma" would catch up to the star.

If that's true, it has yet to take effect. After a slow start, Miami has won 21 of its past 22 games and owns the Eastern Conference's best record at 30-9. The Cavs, on the other side of the spectrum, have lost 21 of their past 22 games and 11 straight, including last night's embarrassment in Los Angeles. Cleveland coach Byron Scott said his team looked "scared to death" in the 55-point blowout, and his team's 57 points marked the fewest scored against the Lakers in the shot clock era.

The game caught most of the league's attention, including LeBron's. SI.com's Zach Lowe breaks down the tweet and gives his take on LeBron's latest public relations nightmare.

Here's what to watch tonight (all times Eastern):

No. 5 Pittsburgh at No. 22 Georgetown (7 p.m., ESPN): Georgetown looks to avoid its third consecutive loss. Pittsburgh has won five straight since losing to Tennessee on Dec. 11.

No. 18 Louisville at No. 7 Villanova (7 p.m., ESPN2): Another ranked Big East battle pits the Wildcats, winners of 10 in a row, against the Cardinals, whom they defeated 92-84 in last season's lone matchup.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets (8:30 p.m., NBATV): Coming off a 40-point performance, Kevin Durant and the Thunder look to avenge an early season loss to the Rockets tonight in Houston.

BY THE NUMBERS

601: Games saved by retiring closer Trevor Hoffman, 43, the most in baseball history. SI.com's Joe Lemire recalls the future Hall of Famer's 18-year career.

50-50: Chances Carmelo Anthony ends up a New York Knick, according to a source in the New York Daily News. Last night, 'Melo guaranteed he would still be with the Nuggets come Thursday, when the Miami Heat come to play.

113: Hits Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was exposed to in just his final two games of the season, according to SI.com's Peter King.

soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. DumbChuck

    I agree with LJ, Karma is a B! Dan Gilbert and the whiney baby Cleveland fans got theirs. Now LJ will no doubt get his. Be careful of what you ask for.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    Bad Karma?? Be carefull LeBron. You should have some coming you way then.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Zeibodique

    Other then the fact that Lebron made is exit in a classless style, Cleveland fans need to get off their whining soap box and get over it all ready. If you guys in Cleveland want someone to be angry at blame the owner of the Cavs. He employeed Lebron for 7 years and did little to build a team around him.. Can you honestly blame Lebron for leaving? When it boils down to it A) It is HIS decision and not yours B) You're upset because your Lebron jersey is now out dated C) If something happened to Lebron and he never played basketball again, before or after Cleveland you wouldn't care, because that is how you are D) You do not be involved in any part of Lebrons future and he doesn't have any part of yours. E) If you were in his shoes you'd have left too and if you say you wouldn't have you're lying. F) You're jealous and can't deal with the fact that someone is doing better then many of us will in our whole life.

    Most of you are being mean nasty children are either people who have a difficult time with people who do well and because you don't have nobody should or you're band wagon haters who just go around message boards ripping people because you have nothing better to do.

    I don't live and breath sports, I think that salaries are obscene and there ought to be a cap. Police, Teachers, Fire Fighters or any other public service person should be the ones making the money. Bottom line, it's not Lebrons fault, it's the system. As long as you attend games, buy the jerseys and hats or pay for anything sports related, you are contributing and are saying that these salaries are ok with you and when you do that, you shouldn't complain.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rodster

    Who really cares.this world has more important things to worry about.live n let live

    January 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Young

    I. LOVE. IT. I'm glad LeBron is embracing this villain role the way he is. Cleveland demonized the man for making a BUSINESS move that he felt was good for HIM and his FAMILY, he didn't owe Gilbert or anybody else anything. Plus I think this whole ordeal really showed the true colors of some of the Cavs fans and their ownership. Nonetheless, I'm sure people will continue to call LeBron an ego-maniacal, arrogant rich guy. I can't speak fro him, but I'm pretty sure LeBron doesn't care, as long as he stays rich.... HA!

    January 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rich Basa

    I am so sick and tired of how people complain about how Lebron did it on the "Decision" . He gave millions to charity. That was the point idiots and ESPN used him for viewers. How come nobody is burning Amare's Jersey? Oh I know why, he didn't give anything charity. It's really bad when you give millions to charity. I think everyone who dislikes the decision is because the they got dumped by a girlfriend, boyfriend, wife or husband and they are just taking it out on Lebron. Why don't you all just take it out on Justin Timberlake and cry him a river. Stop whining losers and get over already. Go King James and Heat!!

    January 12, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mr. Davidson

    Starting to look like LB didn't have much of a choice.

    January 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Puja

      Go Bulls!!!! Central Div Champs! / Well i think it has to do more with Lebron joining up with stars inatesd of going hi own path. If he would have stayed in Cleveland, he would be respected for staying with his home state. If he went to New York; New Jersey; or Chicago, he would be respected for trying to build his own legacy. Now no matter how many rings he wins, they are kind of tainted because he is on a superpower team that everybody expects to win. So anything other than a championship is considered a failure, and also why people hate on the teams that are super-powered and always expect to win, like the Lakers are. But Miami has taken LA's spot as the most hated (and loved, bandwagoners ) team.

      July 11, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Big Game James

    To all the "why is this news" people: last I checked the news consisted of headlines, current events, weather and SPORTS!! I have never encountered so many anal retentive bleep holes in my life. And all the amateur "proofreaders" I think you guys get off on pointing out human mistakes. Just because someone works for CNN does not make them a walking computer with spell check! Cover your own butts you'll be better off for it. How great is LeBron? He left and the Cavs are in the basement. He handled his departure wrong. I blame the people around him for that one. But Cleveland fans took it over the top with the jersey burning an crap like that. Look at it this way, at least they'll get a lottery pick.

    January 12, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward Banana

      I'll bet you beat off to Lebron all day.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Big Game James

    No that's your crackhead mom's job. And tell her when she's finished with that get my belt and whoop your ass for interrupting when grown people are talking. Thanks for taking me back to middle school with the maturity level. And if you are Clevelander I live in Charlotte: Jordan says hi!

    January 12, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Big Game James

    No that's your crackhead mom's job. And tell her when she's finished with that get my belt and whoop your @$$ for interrupting when grown people are talking. Thanks for taking me back to middle school with the maturity level. And if you are a Clevelander I live in Charlotte: Jordan says hi!

    January 12, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. AMERICA 1st

    what a lebron? is that some new kind of skin disease?

    January 13, 2011 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. AMERICA 1st

    im glad i dont live in charlotte. too many of those other kind live there

    January 13, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Big Game James

    @America 1st Wow a racial comment how original. Thanks for nothing. I think your sister/girlfriend is calling. Meth must be ready.

    January 13, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. PartisanSheep

    I'd leave Cleveland too. Even Satan has standards.

    January 13, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. Leticia

    Hi Gary! I didn't know about this page until just now. I loved this post. You should lunk to this kinds of thgins more often on facebook or maybe you have and I just haven't noticed. Anyway, loved the post!

    July 14, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
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