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. runner15

    Why is this news?

    January 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward Banana

      Who cares about egomaniacal superstars? Screw this punk.

      There are plenty of unemployed people out there and this punkass is still making ridiculous amounts of money for putting a BALL IN A HOOP. Wow, what a contribution to our national amnesia.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward Banana

      In agreement with you btw, this shouldn't be passed off as news.

      Karma will hit Lebron when he realizes he is a superstar only in the eyes of moronic, foggy eyed meatheads. Too bad money doesn't upgrade your character.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • BooLEBRON

      I WILL BE AT THE CLIPPER HEAT GAME 2NITE, I WILL HAVE TO BOO & YELL A FEW SELECT WORDS HIS WAY.... THE WAY LAKERS BEAT CAVS LAST NIGHT & THAT TWEET JUST MAKES ME DISLIKE HIM AS A PERSON BUS NOT AS A BASKETBALL PLAYER.....LAKERS 3PEAT!!!!!!

      January 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Beowulf

    LeBron, Dwyane, and Bosh stacked the deck and now LeBron treats his former fan base like dirt. A real class act. As Bugs Bunny would say, "what a maroon".

    January 12, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dele

      How did they treat him when they went there to play? I did not believe a manager will make fans treat someone that has played for them for so long, and decided to move on that way. So it is okay for managers to trade players anytime, but it is not okay for good players to decide to move on when he become free agent. You guys should sit back and think a bit. LeBron did absolutely nothing wrong. So give him a break. Did you see the way fans treated Amare when he went back to play against them? The owner of Sun did not instigate the fans to boo Amare. I think what you guys should be doing is decrying what the manager of Cavalier did and not LeBron.

      January 12, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clevefan

      So glad Cleveland made Lebron look like a fool last night and showed him they don't need him and can even defeat him. The problem was not in Lebron leaving, the fans would have supported him if he left like a man. I was a part of his fan website before he left and the day before his 'big decision' he sent a mass message to my email saying he doesn't play for the money, he plays for the community and those that care about him. Why would he send that out, knowing he was raising the hopes of Cleveland, when he had every intention of leaving. That sort of attack on Cleveland is why they have disowned him. I think he is so full of himself that he can't even see what a jerk he has been.

      March 30, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chris

    LeBron had every right to leave, all the fans and staff are acting like they own him. They are acting like a jealous lover who have lost their other half and now want revenge... Cleveland is full of losers and now they know it.

    January 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ClevelandOhio

      Loll You say "Cleveland is full of losers" thats a very general statement you must be from Miami or your just a plain ignorant 14 year old still living at mommy's house.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Its not the fact that he left, it's HOW he left that's irritating.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • MiamiWins

      Cleveland is full of losers...just look at their basketball team...worst record in the NBA. Let the facts talk. Good luck with the rest of the season...lol

      January 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • FanUP

      Miami "fans" pop out of the woodwork whenever it is fashionable to do so

      January 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamie

      I'm from Cleveland and I'm not a loser.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonathan

      that waz obvious when they drove Belicheck out!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 :)...
      ok I know I over did it... but Cleveland?

      they drove Belecheck out...we now know that it was he and not the Big Tuna ...it was his defenses that gave NY to of it's Championships ....

      It was Belecheck !!! Cleveland...now thats' real carma huh??? Cleveland I just wanted to rub that in... Belecheck and now La Bron and Art Modell too ...Oh My!!!!

      yeah Cleveland is about due winner...Oh wait they had one ...in Baltimore.. 🙂 I just wanted to vent on angry selfish frustrated fans who complain all the time in every city...

      January 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dele

      Please tell them.

      January 12, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mr. Wolf

    Once a tool....always a tool.

    January 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Raa Yee

    No news here and i do not see him smurking either... this news is just made for higher TV ratings for the losers that are call the cavs.. FIRE THE BOSS ALREADY!

    January 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. patrick maciejewski

    his comments should be restricted to sports, not news

    January 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. La

    LeBron said the right thing. he has taken the worst beating from what was supposed to be his "fans" let the man move on in his life wish him well but nooo cleveland made it personal & we see what they are getting in return. many well wishes to LeBron...& also this is sports just entertainment

    January 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonathan

      well they got rid of Belecheck!!!!
      What the hell can they expect???? 🙂

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

    More classy statements from yet another spoiled, whiney, rich sports figure.....YAWN...

    January 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • DumbChuck

      @Improper: If it's such a yawner, then why are you posting? Why even bother to read the article? Change the dial and spew your hate somewhere else.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tlynn75

    Why is everybody acting like LeBron did them wrong? Thats his career! Why would he stay where they aren't advancing his career? He wants a ring and OBVIOUSLY cleveland is not getting it! Thats like you staying at a job where you don't get any promotions or making what you're worth. A job offer comes along thats exactly what you're looking for. you're telling me you're going to stay so you can be considered dedicated to the team instead of doing better for your family? DUH!!! The people of Cleveland should feel like a**holes...he never once spoke bad about that city when he left, meanwhile, the city is burning his jerseys and booing him, wishing him ill will but he's just supposed to smile it all off? Whatever, KARMA IS A B****H! Good luck MIami! I hope you get that ring sooner than later!!!

    January 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • shura53

      I DON'T THINK ANYONE WOULD HAVE BEEN THAT UPSET IF HE HAD NOT MADE SUCH A PRODUCTION . SHAME ON ESPN FOR RUNNING THAT SHOW. IT'S JUST ANOTHER CRIMINAL THUG MAKING PRIMETIME...80% OF NBA IS THUGS...SORRY JUST THE FACTS

      January 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      Well stated.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      @Shura, why is LeBron a criminal? What laws has he broken, and a thug? Really...well long as we are blowing b.s. outta our head holes I'm a billionaire and you are a hottie!

      January 12, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • DumbChuck

      @shura, you sound like a 12 year old. Thugs?! Seriously?! That's the best you can come up with. How about wealthy spoiled rich thugs with game fame and fortune! Stick to hockey or soccer loser!

      January 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LeBron James

    im really good at basketball. screw you cleveland and all my haters

    January 12, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonathan

      you tell em son this is Bill in new England as in Patriots ..I still can't figure why they sent me packing..:)

      January 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonathan

      Belechich with 5 SB rings 🙂

      once was there...waz driven out before the ink was dried.. 🙂

      January 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mr.Griffith

    To hell with Cleveland Miami. GO MAVS!

    January 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonathan

      Cleveland has been in Sports hell since Jim Brown... oh yeah they once had Bill Belecheck but they fired him 🙂

      January 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kishore

    Cavs had it coming especially the owner. For one, people underestimated the importance of Lebron on the Cavs team; now we all know what Lebron was doing to that team. He was singlehandedly helping them stay at the top, how bad the rest of the team was not withstanding. Two, the owner showed no appreciation to what Lebron did to that team, to that city and to that state. All the owner cared about was his own pocket. He should have just let it go; instead he goes on publicly insulting Lebron and wishing him bad. Well, he who laughs last...

    January 12, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bron

    LeBron is a doo doo head.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. alukaitamai

    Karma is a Hindu concept. The Hindu religion recognizes 330 thousand gods.
    Which "God" is LeBron referring to?

    January 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dave

    Im on Lebron's side on this. He did 7 years in Cleaveland and all he did was go to another team. He doesn't owe anyone anything regardless that he grew up in Ohio. The Cav's owner is and idiot

    January 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
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