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. Skyline

    Both parties need to grow up. There are way too many problems in this world to worry about this. The owner of the Cavs acts like a little baby. And LeBron; you might be a good basketball player but what else can you do? Doesn't matter to me what else you can do either. I have my only charges to care for!

    January 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      @Skyline...& what else can YOU do? And will your name go down in history as one of the greats at it, whatever it is?

      January 12, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TheTruthIsoutThere

    Cleveland lost 3 of its best players. How could they possibly play at the same level? Wake up people. Lebron just has no class. He has a lot of anger because he still doesn't know who his dad is!?!?

    January 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TD40

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

    Yep. God sees everything- including immature people who use social networks to gloat to the world about their petty feelings of retribution.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chaerie

    Who cares what this arrogrant,want a be Jordan disrepectful person says, he is talking about the Cavaliers now but when he was here it ws all fine,everybody know that the only true players in sports now are the college atheletes they play from the heart and play as a team ,most pro atheletes play to see who can out shine the other and team is no where in their vocabulary. I much rather watch college games than pro.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. thechef

    what a punk thing to say..... look at me tweet about another team killing my old team.... how bout the HEATLES beat them by 60 and shove it in their face that way and not by some other team

    January 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jessica

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    January 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. J

    Basketball went to crap after Bird/Johnson/Jordan left...

    January 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chaerie

      Agree with you there are no real stars or class in basketball now.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. R.K.

    CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG!!!!

    January 12, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kaydeedee

    Lebron remains an egomaniacal, immature brat. Saying ugly, arrogant things is a reflection on his soul. Yeah, Lebron, God surely taught the Cavs a lesson last night, just for you. Sheesh.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. B=Dog

    Hey Lebron... shut the hell up and play basketball. Let's see if you can get past Boston in the playoffs... or are you gonna ch ch choke again?

    January 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dulcimer

    (Still) No class.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dulcimer

    WWMJD – What Would Michael Jordan Do ?

    January 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      Play ball

      January 12, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ray

    The King have spoken. You peasants stop calling him a criminal, but he is richhhh. Do hate the player, hate the game.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bppack

    as if it needs reiterating, Lebron isn't making a living off his brain. how hard is to learn to just shut up?

    January 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Don

    LeBron does not understand Karma. His own Karma will revist him. I don't think cities have Karma, people do.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
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