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. Ron Burgandy

    Booing an opposing player in sports is normal. It happens in every major sport when the "bad guy" touches the ball. The parking garage incident and the billionaire owner's childish behavior is what astounds me.

    March 30, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mike Irvin

    I'm guessing that people liked this on facebook for the story and not the grammar. Why take the time to discuss the grammarof a quarter page blog. What a waste of time.

    *cleans up the troll poo*

    March 30, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. E.

    Lebron may of lost the battle but cleveland lost the war the city is shrinking. With the browns and cavaliers playing like this how can they even be happy with a 15- such record i guess 1 win is good for the Cavs... LOL get over it cleveland you lose.

    March 30, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • AmishAirline

      Possibly the most inaccurate drivel posted here. Unless, of course, you're one of those mogoloids who defines a city by its sports teams. Cleveland is a good town, and is already making a nice comeback.

      March 30, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joe Blow

    If the author was paid, he should return the money. Terrible, terrible article that was not proof-read or checked for spelling/grammar mistakes. Shame shame

    March 30, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. dhski

    This is seriously embarrassing. The fact that CNN posts articles without proofreading or even spell checking them is seriously ridiculous. I am going to stop patronizing this site. I see stupid mistakes like this on a weekly basis on this site and it is truly a disgrace. This idiots are supposed professionals. What a joke. The state of American news media is horrendous.

    March 30, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |

    Gilbert, GROW UP! Nobody like James (outside of Miami), but you look worse than the so called “spoiled athlete”. To be specific you look more like an immature cry baby, (which your “bucks” can’t hide). Frankly, you’re only upset because James interrupted your revenue stream. If I were you I’d quit while I was ahead as I’m sure you very well know that at the end of the day, you'll be embarrassed a lot more frequently than James. This article looks as if it was written and edited by a 6 year-old.

    March 30, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • ksuflash

      Actually, Gilberts revenue stream was not interrupted this year. The fact that James and his contract left, as well as Shaq, West, Z and others, Gilbert is actually making more money this year. You see, the tickets for this year were already paid for long before the season started and LeQuit left Cleveland. So, he's paying less than half the salaries that he paid out last year, and he also is not paying a luxury tax this year. Any revenue he may lose with the Cavs in the future will be offset by the Casino he's building there. Trust me, Gilbert is doing just fine, and could really care less what the rest of the sports world thinks of him. Go Cavs! I look forward to the playoff collapse the Heat are about to endure.

      March 30, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • JLSPPW

      Actually, I'm not speaking to this year and James' departure is surely going to affect that stream into the millions. On thing you need to understand about rich folks when they loose a nickel they go into arrested development like most children. This man's behavior is pathetic regardless of what he projections may be. I too look forward to the turd that the Heat will lay in the playoffs.... GO MAVERICKS!!!

      March 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. David Robatin

    Why not try game gave proofing the firkin piece of crap article x-times before you prost it on the internets.

    March 30, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. hMan

    how does an associate "sans?" Come on CNN.

    March 30, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. neoritter

    "...who had only won x games since."

    What the hell does that mean? Are you even checking how many games they had won since then?

    March 30, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. davers12

    A math teacher's dream: "OK kids, find the value of x. (See, you really WILL need to use this stuff.)"

    March 30, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. Herbert

    @stigaman,Jack, Steve, Derp, davers12, Mohamad, Cesar c, Spock: you all have a low sperm count.-Idiots

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

      Actually, I have zero sperm count. You mom had me get my tubes tied so that we would not make another one of you.

      March 30, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. BP


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

    And after all these comments, it still isn't updated?

    March 30, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. srini

    Anybody knows that Cleveland has a NBA team, it is because of LeBron. He worked hard for 7 years all alone and brought the team to playoffs year after year and also to finals made it a runner up without anybody's help. Gilbert the owner should be ashamed of his behaviour. He is cheap and doesn't deserve to own an NBA team. I wish the players good luck since they have been lossing a lot and this win a personal moral boost for them. But LeBron, D-Wade will win the championship this year! Mark My Words.

    March 30, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • AmishAirline

      If LeBron worked "all alone" in Cleveland, please explain why his record this season, with all of this "talent" around him, is so much worse? Face the facts, LeBron is all show. He doesn't help a team, he hurts a team. If you think this Heat squad will get past the second round, you're insane.

      March 30, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • SB

      you must know the future

      March 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Reg

    Hey Brad,
    Have you ever heard of "spell check?" Who's editing these articles?

    March 30, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mac

    Did LeBron write this himself?? Man that was tough to read...

    March 30, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
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