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. Sutler

    Apparently, LeQuit feels that in order to be the best, he has to lose to the rest. I find this Dream Team in Miami to be quite entertaining: 3 Over-inflated Egos with no chance of winning the championship which was apparently handed to them by ESPN and all the other sports media folk even before the season started. I am looking forward to the faceplant this team performs in the playoffs.

    March 30, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • cody

      lebrons the man buddy and if hes so bad why did th cavaliers have the best record in the nba last yr oooh ya thats rights cuz they had lebron how can anybody hate him all the people around him suck

      March 30, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      If more people knew the real story about why LeBron left, they would have no respect for Delonte West or Dan Gilbert. And they would have all the respect in the world for LeBron.

      March 30, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "lebrons the man buddy and if hes so bad why did th cavaliers have the best record in the nba last yr oooh ya thats rights cuz they had lebron how can anybody hate him all the people around him suck"

      You don't get a ring for the best record. You get a ring by coming up big in the playoffs. LeFraud is a gutless coward who has come up small when it counts. Can't wait to watch him choke in Miami.

      March 30, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Thanks for telling the story, Jack.

      March 30, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      if you don't know the story already, look it up. Just google "Delonte West Gloria James"

      March 30, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Stigaman

      LOL You are a hater.

      March 30, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |


      March 30, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?????

      I think LeBron's character speaks for itself when he visits his former teams's arena and still puts up a good game amidst booing, heckeling and being harassed by the staff of the cav's! Its easy to call him a quitter but do you understand why he quit? I mean do you know the real reason? Sounds like the Cav's and their fans are out of touch with reality.

      March 30, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • dan dalton


      March 30, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • ksuflash

      I love how many of the posts here are talking about LeBron's character and what a great guy he is. What a joke. During last night's game introductions, he didn't come out on the court when introduced. Instead he waited until the lights were turned out during the Cavs introductions. Austin Carr pointed out how that says a lot about his character, and he wishes he could suit up and play. In other words, he was disgusted with LeBron and wanted to beat the crap out of him on the court....and Austin Carr is one of the nicest men one could ever meet. The fact the LeBron quit on his teammates and the city of Cleveland last year against Boston also showed great character. So, your mother and Delonte West were going at it...let's punish the rest of your teammates and Cleveland by inventing a fake elbow injury and playing sub par for the remainder of the playoffs. Wow, what a role model.

      March 30, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • REBA

      Who really cares? The Cavs suck donkey. So they won, big deal. Doesn't make them any better.

      March 30, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • CK848

      I think this showing, both the win last time and the loss this time, reflects LeBron's composure under pressure (admittedly he can't shoot a game winning shot worth anything) can post up the sort of numbers he did. It also reflects how poor of a fan base the Cavs fan are. The sense of betrayal because a player leaves? It is the name of the game. If you cannot win a championship with the team you are on, you try to relocate and readjust your surroundings to work with great players with higher skills to try and win something. All you Cavs fans b!tch and moan over him leaving and hate him for it. But you think about it, what is so wrong with the move? You are going to hate a man's decision to advance his career to try and become a champion? The Cavs could not give him the teammates to succeed, plain and simple. Do not tell me that for a moment if you were in a similar situation you would give up the rest of your career and play with mediocre teammates and give up any chance of winning a championship because you have a bunch of whiners for fans. The decision was made. Get over it; hating on him won't get your team out of the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

      March 30, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Raf Solo

      that's pretty pathetic of you buddy, i'm from Miami and I can tell you we have a great chance of winning the championship. Get a life buddy sorry you lost one of the best players in the league because you live in a lifeless city. Come to Miami, follow the Heat and then you can talk loser. Winning 1 in 4 games and getting blown away in most is pathetic.

      March 30, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Maly

      Why are the cavalierssuch haters!!! He is a person just like everyone else and I don't understand the hate around him, it is ridiculous!! Cleveland should be ashamed of the way they behave in games against Lebron. He needs to do wants best for his career and he;s where he needs to be with the BEST!!!! Don't be such HATERS!!!!

      March 30, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • ksuflash

      CK848...you simply don't understand the dynamics of the relationship between LeQuit and the city of Cleveland. He grew up in this area and shared the NEOhio sports fan misery. He was special to this area....and he ripped the hearts out of all Cleveland fans on national TV. For this, he will never be forgiven. It's basically a nasty divorce with someone who was truly loved...and then he showed his true colors. He quit in the Boston series. He took a crap on the fans of Cleveland. Cavs fans now hate him. Just as it was LeQuit's right to leave and play for a different team that will lose in the playoffs, it's also the right of Cavs fans to boo him whenever he returns. Long live the King, and may boos follow him where ever he goes.

      March 30, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • ksuflash

      Raf Solo – good luck in Miami. You'll need it...we too thought we had a great chance at winning a championship in Cleveland. Until the playoffs hit and Lebron becomes a black hole with the ball. You also have Bosh, who is an even bigger black hole than Lebron. Pass the ball to them in the 4th qtr, and you'll never see it again. We're not hating here in NEOhio, we're enjoying the show. Has Miami showed that they can cosistently beat better than .500 teams? That's right, they haven't. And now, they can't even beat the worst team in the leaque at a time they should be playing some of their best basketball. Again, good luck, you're going to need it.

      March 30, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • terminallychill

      Def think what lebron did to his fans was wrong (don't really buy in to that delonte west rumor). He had a chance to bring clevland up from the bowels of sports. I'm from Jacksonville, and I know what it is to suffer from a bad sports franchise. If we ever obtain a superstar of lebron's level, and the same situation went down, I would def be heartbroken and angry. This win won't heal them, but it sure feels like karma.

      March 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • r.a. stewart

      in my humble opinion, all need to grow up in a serious way. lebron made a decision, now cleveland simply needs to move forward like adults, intead of whimpering, whining etc. gday

      March 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • iluvla

      Seriously?! Get over it! the cavs won't even make the playoffs!!!! He put that dump of a city on the map!

      March 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slip

      I love the guy calling Kobe the real star. Yeah, being a rapist is what really matters...

      March 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Indiana

      Hey Jack and all of the other people who say you don't know the whole story: Delonte West slept with Lebron's mom before the playoffs started, Dan Gilbert did not. Lebron said he was going to stay then decided to leave, he did so on national TV. Then he repeatedly made comments about cleveland that were disrespectful towardws cleveland. As for how he was treated when he was in cleveland, he was treated liike a god (after all he was our hometown hero), anything he wanted he got! His mom got several DUIs while he was here, they never made the front page of the paper like they should have or would have had it been another athlete. So cut the line about poor Lebron, he dug the hole and cavs fans have every right not to like him.

      March 30, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sutler

    I love the failed cut and paste that Brandon Lendon did with this article:
    "The loss seem to rip the heart out of the Cavaliers, who had only won x games since."
    I didn't know the NBA teams competed in the X-games. That or he is reverting back to roman numerals.

    March 30, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Don


      March 30, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe Mama

      He probably stuck the x in there as a place holder while he went and looked up the info and forgot to put it in. I do that all the time when writing academic articles, however, I don't forget to replace the x.

      March 30, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      Yep. Proofreading 101 fail right there. Like.

      March 30, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      That's why you use something like "ZZZ" that spell check (you do run spell check, right?) will catch to remind you to get the actual info.

      March 30, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Righton

      Does this make sense to anyone: "While the Cavs game James' team fits on the court"

      March 30, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      "It was not enough top bring down the Cavs" – Does CNN not have editors? Bad spelling really shoots a hole in your credibility.

      March 30, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • secretend


      March 30, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • ResearchDude

      It should read, "While the Cavs GAVE James' team fits on the court..." and "had won" suggests the games won BEFORE the game reported on in the article, not since the defeat in December.

      Hey CNN, got any English majors working there? Editors?

      March 30, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Mac

      This has to be one of the MOST POORLY written articles I have read in a long time!! Did ANYONE bother to proof read it before it was posted??? It is almost un-readable!!

      March 30, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. ScuzzLightyear

    Who cares? Childish behavior from overpaid children.

    March 30, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Scarf

      Not a single cent has left my possession for anything related to the NBA for decades. I prefer my professional sports participants to have more brains, fewer scandals, less bling and with shorter rap sheets. As far as I'm concerned, the NBA died when Larry Byrd retired.

      March 30, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      And proper spelling died the moment the simple word "Bird" was misspelled.

      March 30, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • E-I-C1212

      John, Scarf might have been talking about the boxer, Larry Byrd.

      March 30, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. ScuzzLightyear

    I think it was supposed to be 10. All hail Caesar!

    March 30, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. G

    That was a frustrating read. I had to read "While the Cavs game (see GAVE) James' team fits (really, James team fits? Can you make the sentence a bit more awkward?) on the court, Gilbert's staff gave James fits on his way into the arena Tuesday," three times to make sense of it. Terrible article, not really sure how eight people could recommend this on facebook.

    March 30, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. Obelisk

    @G: It's Facebook. Lol for some reason using a computer has made Americans dumber. I remember when using a computer was for smart kids. People will "like" anything now on Facebook.

    March 30, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. WardHorkin

    I had no idea the Cavaliers owner was so unprofessional and still bitter about this. It's a game and LeBron has the choice to do whatever he wants. What a tool.

    March 30, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • IloveNEOhio

      We in Cleveland are still bitter. Getting kicked to the curb on National TV by LeQuit was a major insult and unnecessary!

      March 30, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • WardHorkin

      Happens in every sport to a lot fans.. I don't see the big deal. i honestly thought he was going to stay in Cleveland and his decision shocked me, but it's a decision that many athletes make and have made. Why is Lebron any different?

      March 30, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      The Cavs have the right to only let players in the private parking area- no reason Labron has to bring his entourage to shoot around. What a tool.

      March 30, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • WardHorkin

      That's not what I am talking about, of course his entourage wouldn't be allowed on private property without advanced notice. What I am talking about is the OWNER of the Cavaliers going on to Twitter and leaving messages(i use the words 'leaving messages' because i hate the term 'tweeting'!) about the situation and condoning/ thanking his fans for booing, instead of being professional and having no comment. Very unprofessional.

      March 30, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Margaret

      IloveNEOhio – time to get over it. While I agree that he could have moved on to another team in a less "in your face, Cleveland" manner, he did have the right and option to make that move away from your city. Perhaps the Cavaliers didn't try hard enough to keep him. But seriously, time to move on. Since your city doesn't have any decent sports teams, you could always move or jump on some other teams' bandwagons (just sayin').

      March 30, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • WardHorkin

      Boom. Well put, Marg.

      March 30, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • IloveNEOhio

      Really, it happens all the time? An hour long special to say he was moving to Miami. I've never seen that before. Like I said, unnecessary. LeQuit will never have the respect of Clevelanders. And we may not have any winning teams, but we are loyal fans regardless.

      March 30, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • WardHorkin

      Yes, it happens all the time. It's not Lebron's(by the way, that's how you spell his first name) fault ESPN and other sports and news networks made it a big deal. Players trade teams all the time it's just not as big as him because he is being considered by many "one of the biggest NBA stars of all time". This is nothing more than a whole town and an owner of a franchise with the maturity of a 12 year old throwing a fit. He's moved on to Miami, it's time Cleveland should too. Face it, it's not like the Heat are going be winning any championships anytime soon anyway.

      March 30, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • ksuflash

      Wardhorkin – actually it is LeQuit's fault that ESPN made it such a big deal. LeQuit and his marketing group went to ESPN with the idea of the 1 hr special. ESPN jumped on it becuase they knew how big this story would be. It was for the kids though, right LeQuit 😉 This is not about a town and owner throwing a fit...you have no idea what you're talking about. Have you lived in NEOhio? Have you lived the misery of NEOhio sports fans? Do feel the OIC factor during every playoff series you watch? Didn't think so. Yes, he's moved on to Miami, but why do Cleveland sports fans have to remain quite now to please you? LeQuit is more hated than Art Modell now, and that is something no one could have predicted. He'll continue to play in Cleveland two times a year, and Cavs fans will continue to boo him. So what? It's simply the way things are in this divorce...and will continue to be. Get over it.

      March 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • WardHorkin

      Wow.. first off, i love the response.. you really got me there. Apparently, i have no clue what i am talking about. Let's start here... Yes, i lived in Ohio, i used to live in Willoughby Hills and yes it was before Lebron played for the Cavaliers. Secondly, and AGAIN, it's not his fault it was such a big deal. He reacted off of everyones response and decided since EVERYONE ELSE was making a big deal about it, the fans, media, blogs, etc. You see, when a players contract is up ESPN usually starts reporting first.. Making allegations and asking analysts what's going to happen next. For instance, Where the player is going to go, how much money the player will demand to stay in that city or even what deals will be coming his or her way. This in turn sparks discussion, debate and outrage of fans and Media alike. Again, in turn causing LeBron to feed off of this attention and shoot an idea for a special. Read into it and figure it out.. This is why i moved out of that town people who live there are idiots, like you. Again, the misery of NEOhio sports fans? YES, i have lived it for the past 12 years, for now i live in Kansas City and guess what...it's just a game! GET OVER IT. I still get up and go to work the next day and live my life like i did before the depressing season. You are a prime example of one of these cry baby fans. Dikembe Mutombo came here from the Republic of Congo.. do you think they were burning pictures and trying to flatten the tires of his plane so he couldn't leave? No, get over yourselves and get a life. Life is fun, enjoy it! Lebron is much more now he's in miami. As far as booing him? I... I don't think it worked... he got a triple double... didn't know if you caught that or not..

      March 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. J-Dub

    Apparently you don't have to understand grammar and proofreading to work for CNN as a "journalist". Just another example of the lackluster job that CNN does. One would think that such a large organization could manage to put out good copy. Not only do the actual articles tend to be lacking in insight and detail, they tend to stay up for an entire week or more on the homepage. Seriously, with all that is happening in this world, both good and bad, get yourselves together and show some professional pride and skill.

    March 30, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • ian

      Yet, somehow....someway.....you keep coming back. I know it makes you feel better about yourself. You can admit it.

      March 30, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Alex

    between espn sniffing lebron's jock, gilbert acting like a shmuck, and the cav's fans crying, i think lebron has probably been the most mature person in this whole saga.

    March 30, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • WardHorkin

      Completely agree. I said it earlier.. i cannot believe and wasn't aware that Gilbert was so unprofessional and bitter about the whole deal. ...And booing everytime Lebron touches the ball? You stay classy, Cleveland.

      March 30, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • EAO

      wow. I never thought of it that way Alex, but you are totally right. I love Lebron's game, but not how he handled himself last offseason. Since then, however, he is going about his business, getting triple doubles (last night), winning 50+ games, and still doing charity work all over Cleveland. This is a business first, and Lebron is handling his business very well!

      March 30, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Stigaman

      Exactly. Gilbert is a hater

      March 30, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Garry

      Alex, you said it all!

      March 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lance

    Decent article, but could you do a little proof reading before you submit your work?

    March 30, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ridiculous

    It is ridiculous how poorly written this article is:

    "The loss *seem* to rip the heart out of the Cavaliers, who had only won *x* games since."
    "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."
    it was not enough *top* bring down the Cavs, who posted a 102-90 win."

    What a joke. Edit this crap, CNN.

    March 30, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. Steve

    The very last line:
    " The loss seemED to rip the heart out of the Cavaliers, who had only won x games since."

    x games really? Forget to insert the proper figure there? haha

    March 30, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mark

    Does anybody proof read stories before they post them anymore?

    March 30, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. StrunkandWhite


    March 30, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Garry

      lol...Playoffs!?!?!?, Playoffs!?!?!?...pla-pla Playoff!s?!?!?

      March 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Preston

    "The loss seem to rip the heart out of the Cavaliers, who had only won x games since."

    Who proofreads this stuff? (answer: nobody)

    March 30, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
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