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. Sans of Time

    If you are "sans" someone then you are without them.

    March 30, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. D&C

    CNN should be plenty willing to pay this guy severence after they fire him.. The rest of his articles are terrible too. I love how this went from leBron haters to article haters.
    Lebron made the right choice for him. he is just trying to live his life. Yeah, it dissappointed a lot of people, but everyones decisions dissappoint someone, sometime or another.

    March 30, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Herbert

    @Mac: you have a low sperm count like Brad, Reg, Chris, srini, LOLL, ResearchDude, Ian, and MACDADDYOH. And all of you are impotent too. Viagra won't help any of you.

    March 30, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Herbert

    I agree with AmishAirline. Cleveland is on the way to recovery. Expect to see them in them in the playoffs big time as Gilbert looks out for his team and as the owner gives 100% 24/7.

    March 30, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. alanjay1

    They won "x" games since? Wow, what an amazing fact!

    Who in the world is doing your copy editing?

    March 30, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. E-I-C1212

    Does anyone bother proof-reading these articles before posting them online? It is mind-boggling that there are so many typographical errors in a piece released to a national audience.

    March 30, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Alex

    I've never seen a starting player introduced by the PA announcer and be a no show. It happened last night to LEBRON. In Cleveland. Coincidence? I think not. MAN UP

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

      Man up? Did you see he had a triple-double? Bosh is the one that did not show up! When he sucks, they lose.

      March 30, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      Man up to what? To everyone bashing him like he's a wet puppy dog. He's not a punk. He's not someone's rag doll. As far as I know, he's not willing participant to abuse. He has his own pride the same as you or I. It's not your right or might right to keep holding something over someone's head forever, and then have the audacity to believe that they're are supposed to just accept it, and take it as medicine to suit your taste for revenge.

      LeBron did man up, he made a decision to not stay in Cleveland. That's what a real man does, what's in their best interest. Cleveland should act like a "real man" and go on with their life, the way LeBron and thousands of other athletes for years have had to do. But being a man is not being someone's *it&h!

      March 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pat

    As classless as LeBron was in the past, it seems the Cavaliers organization is determined to set an ever-lower standard.
    Yuck! to the both of them.

    March 30, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. Matt

    This article is a perfect example of why you need to actually PROOFREAD and not just rely on the spell-checker.

    March 30, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. CNN editor

    My favorite part was the typos, missing or incorrect words, or the 'x' number of games the Cavaliers had won.

    March 30, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. ill

    LeBron had a TRIPLE DOUBLE, IDIOTS! If anything him and Wade are the only reason Miami has the record it has, and if Bosh had a good game, you can BE SURE the Cavs would not have won that game. Lebron plays full force every night, and whether you love him or hate him, you cannot deny he is one of if not THE BEST basketball player in the world.

    March 30, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "Lebron plays full force every night"

      Then the playoffs start.

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

      If Miami can't win a game because Bosh had a crappy game, then good luck in the playoffs as Bosh has many more of those games in his near future. LeBron won more games last year with Cavs than he will this year with the Heat. It's going to come down to egos clashing in the playoffs. Enjoy our house of cards while it lasts.

      March 30, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      I'm sorry. Everyone has tried the say the exact same thing before the start of this Heat season. And your "ego" theory still hasn't been proven true. Wade said from the very beginning that there are no egos amongst them. James and Bosh turned down ops at other teams because they all love playing with each, and are all good friends. That does not remotely sound like an ego situation.

      If they lose in the post season, then they just lose because the better team won. But if James loses, then he at least seems he will be happy with the "whole" situation that he's put himself in for his career.

      March 30, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ksuflash

      Really Dana? Perhaps you missed the story a few weeks ago that Bosh wanted the ball more. And Lebron basically blowing off the comment by saying all he has to do is ask for it. I'm sure there's no ego involved there. You just keep drinking the kool-aid and see how that works out.

      As far as losing, I guess you're saying Lebron would be happier losing now because he's in Miami on a better team? I don't think he'd be happy losing in either place.

      March 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Andrew

    Last night must have been awesome in Cleveland, then everyone woke up this morning and realized they still live in Cleveland, the Cavs still have the worst record in the NBA and Gilbert is still a doosh, noydge I have to give credit to the fans though, they packed the arena and gave their collective 'playa hayta' energy to their team and literally willed them to victory.

    March 30, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • ksuflash


      March 30, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Corey

    So if your a young star and your offered money to leave a town and go play with some huge all-stars in a huge party city all of you people complaining would turn that down huh? Nice, If I was offered what he was I would leave Cleveland so fast they wouldn't have time to be mad I left.

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

      Don't worry Corey, nobdoy in Cleveland would miss you. In fact, if you do happen to visit the area, please feel free to leave immediately.

      March 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jokey

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

    How many is "x"?

    March 30, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      I think it's ten.

      March 30, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Brent

      Writer never came back to complete the "x" with an actual number.

      March 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Paul H

    This is a terribly written article. Did anyone even proof read it before it was published?

    March 30, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Nerp

      no they didnt unfortunately... did CNN s***can the proof readers?

      March 30, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
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