LeBron loses on Cavs' court, in Cavs' garage
Cavaliers' fans booed LeBron James every time he touched the ball Tuesday night.
March 30th, 2011
08:04 AM ET

LeBron loses on Cavs' court, in Cavs' garage

On his second visit to Cleveland Tuesday since he took his talents to South Beach, the Miami Heat's LeBron James found no place to park and no victory on the court.

The former Cavaliers star and reigning NBA MVP was booed every time he touched the ball in Quicken Loans Arena, and though he posted a triple-double - 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds - it was not enough to bring down the Cavs, who posted a 102-90 win.

Cavaliers' owner Dan Gilbert, who pilloried James for deserting the Cavs and Cleveland last summer, saluted the hometown fans after Tuesday's game.

"I'm in awe of the fans of Cleveland," The Plain Dealer quoted Gilbert as saying on his way out of the building. "They stood behind this team all year."

While the Cavs game James' team fits on the court, Gilbert's staff gave James fits on his way into the arena Tuesday, ESPN.com reported.

When James and his entourage arrived in a two-car convoy for the Heat's morning shootaround, ESPN reported, arena staff denied the vehicles entry to the arena's underground parking garage.

James left, returned later sans his associates, and was granted access, according to the ESPN report. A Cavs' official told ESPN that visiting players are not usually given private car access to the garage.

While the incident didn't seem to rattle James on the court Tuesday night, it did provide some Twitter fodder for Gilbert.

"Not in our garage!!" he tweeted after the win, according to ESPN.

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  1. Stephen Hawking knows more than you

    Cryami pretty much describes everything there is to know about this article and yesterday's game.

    March 30, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dee Excel

    What a petty little man. Gilbert does not have the mental capacity to run a legit and successful team. I'm shocked over the fact that James stayed with the Cavs that long. Wow, one victory for a hapless organization that will go fishing by committee pretty soon.

    March 30, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Writing expert

    The more Gilbert protests, the more he brings out the inferiority complex of his team and fans....

    March 30, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • ksuflash

      I don't feel inferior...that wasn't too complex.

      March 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Stephen Hawking knows more than you

    Ha ha ha.

    Cryami fans are crying over a regular season loss just like their players have done all season long.

    March 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. buckeyeandproudofit

    I too am in awe of LeBron's abilities following his career from his high school days. He is a great player and has always given back to his community. While he had the right to leave for another team, I agree that what really upset his fans in Cleveland was the way it was announced. He has always been a class act and someone should have given him good advice....not to make his decision known the way he did....that is what really upset the good people who embraced him as one of their own. C'mon...an hour show to announce who you are going to play for without giving your former team the courtesy of your decision in advance (and I don't mean just prior to airtime)? Up to that point he had done everything right and while we all admired him that was not cool. Still think he is one of the greats...but not cool.

    March 30, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
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