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. Kent

    Interesting story. I am a little shocked that the reporter's work was posted without an editor catching all the typos.

    March 30, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kevin

    That third-grade intern needs a little help in the grammar department before you let him write his next article...

    March 30, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Brent

      For certain!

      March 30, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LennicusMaximus

    My heart of gold pumps purple blood, always has and always will. Anyone that hails LeBron as the best player-yada yada-whatever is a damn fool of epic proportions and that cannot be denied. I'm not a fan of LeBron nor am I a fan of the Miami Heat but here's where people just need to grow up...

    I really think this loss for LeBron needed to happen. Cleveland fans needed this win badly. But now it's time to move on and let bygones be bygones. Idk what this story of Delonte West and Gloria James is all about but frankly I don't think it really matters anymore. There's no need to be treating LeBron with hate and disdain any longer. While I did believe that him leaving Cleveland was like being the captain of the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria and literally jumping ship and abandoning his entire fleet on their journey of discovery and pilgrimage, one can't forever legitimately blame the guy for what he did. He wanted to win a championship and thought that going to Miami and becoming a part of a power-packed trifecta could bring him a coveted championship. He gave up a large sum of money to do that.

    It's time to let go of the animosity and stop acting like bullies. The NBA is a business and the players are commodities that are simply used and abused to a certain extent. It's a free world and a player can do whatever they want to do. If you were a fan of him when he was with the Cavs but stopped being his fan when he left then you're the sell-out, not him. If Kobe left the Lakers ten years ago then I'd still be a fan of the Lakers and I'd still be a fan of Kobe.

    March 30, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • ksuflash

      So easy to feel that way when you've won 13 million championships in LA. Cleveland hasn't won a major championship since the Browns in 1964. Fans have endured heartbreak many times since then...the Drive, the Fumble, the Shot, the Blown Save, and the Decision. Lebron was around for most of these. He was one of "us" He understood "us". Then he goes and takes a dump on us on national TV, and we're supposed to admire him becuase he's simply a commodity? A businessman? Sorry, but that's too easy. He chose his path, and the way he moved towards that path, and now he must reap what he's sowed. Cavs fans are not sell-outs...but LeQuit certainly is.

      March 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • LennicusMaximus

      You do have a point, ksuflash. I think he did sell out, especially because he's from OH; home is where the heart is... but at least he gave up something. I think the majority of players, and people in general, would sell out for a monetary supplement. He did the opposite so you gotta give him at least a little credit for that. It happens all the time between corporate businesses, as people leave their employment at one company for a measly salary jump, but no one really cares/pays attention to that boring stuff. While he's from Akron and not Cleveland, it's still Ohio and I feel a sense of sadness for the guy because his home state shares a lot of resentment for him. It's a sad thing but your point is still legit.

      March 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • ksuflash

      I'd like to feel bad for the guy, but I just can't. My daughter goes to STVM, Lebron's alma mater. After he made his announcement on TV, he worked out at the school until he moved to Miami because he wasn't welcome anywhere else. The faculty still receives him with open arms, the majority of the students don't like him. He made a promise to give a talk in my daughter's speech class...he never showed up, and never called the teacher to cancel/reschedule. That's how the guy rolls...I just have no respect for anything that comes out of his mouth.

      March 30, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pierce

    LeBomb deserves what he gets in Cleveland.

    However, I saw photos of the fans booing LeBomb, and it saddened me to see kids seeing all this hate directed at an athlete. What kind of example is this for them as far as the way they conduct themselves in public venues?

    Sad all around.

    March 30, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ben

    "James' first return visit to Quicken Loans Arena on December 2 resulted in a 28-point Heat victory. The loss seem to rip the heart out of the Cavaliers, who had only won x games since."

    Hey CNN. Finish the freaking story before you post it.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Che Bravo

      Yeah, you see these stupid mistakes on CNN all the time. You have to wonder if their articles are even proofread!

      March 30, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Che Bravo

    So the Cavs won. So what! Is there any prize for beating a team in the regular season? NO! Have fun on vacation Cavs. Maybe your owner will do something, like actually build a championship TEAM, not just get lucky in the draft and hope a one-man show can give you a ring. What is wrong with the Cav fan base?!

    March 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brent

    The writer wrote, "The loss seem to rip the heart out of the Cavaliers, who had only won x games since." Hum, did he forget to find the actual number to replace the "x" with?

    March 30, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Paul http://www.youtube.com/ny007ny

    haha. That sellout isn't getting a ring anytime soon.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Zeus


    March 30, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Justin

    All the CLEVELAND FANS on here make me laugh, it's QUITE obvious whos a cleveland fan in the comments, LOL

    March 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ksuflash

      All the non-Cleveland fans make laugh, it's QUITE obvious who's a non-Cleveland fan in the comments, LOL.

      March 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Farmer0441

    Why is this any more important that Lindsey Lohan or other Entertainment dirvel. The world has real issues. Spend your time trying to figure those out.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • ksuflash

      That's not my concern as a fan.

      March 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. B=Dog

    Doesn't matter what they do now... it's ALL ABOUT THE LAKERS.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Renee

    For people who say it's wrong for the fans to be angry just because he left, I say, it's not that he left, it's HOW he left. No fan of professional sports doesn't understand the concept of free agency. That's just part of the business. But when you're an arrogant, self-serving, egotistical punk... well, then the fans are going to take issue. That's what this is about. Cleveland fans aren't sore that he left. They're angry he took a big dump on the city on his way out.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      Listen, I'm not saying you don't have a right to be upset. I mean, I live in Philly. We have had our issues as well when it comes to pro sports. But give it a rest please. Please tell me what difference does it make whether you leave your job after finding another one, or you tell off your boss on the way out the door, or you shred up company paperwork, or you demonize the company name on FaceBook. What difference does it make, the results in the end will still be the same, you left!

      And it's the same with LeBron, coulda, shoulda, woulda. The Cavs owner didn't really show much of seriousness about his team, until he realized that other teams really may want his golden child.

      It's like the saying: sometimes the most beautiful woman to a man, is the one he didn't appreciate, that's now on another mans' arms......

      March 30, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. soapbox

    What is the big deal, he is not the first player to change teams. It's part of life in sports......

    March 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tina

    What people fail to realize is that Lebron James is a grown ass man and he has the right to play for who ever he wants and in any city that he wants. This man does not owe the Cavaliers or the damn owner a thing. He paid his dues and played the games and now he has moved on. And whether the Heat win or not, the man has the right to play. That is the problem with many people in the world today, too damn scared to step out of their comfort zone and try something new. Back off this man and find something useful to spend your time talking about. And who ever said Lebron James is obligated to play for the Cavaliers for the rest of his life! The fans and the owner need to get a clue and I'm sure when it came to Lebron James the owner was only counting the dollars!

    March 30, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • ksuflash

      LeQuit is a grown ass man. What's your point. If a grown ass man can go on national TV and take a crap on grown ass fans, then we as grown ass fans will boo the grown ass man known as LeQuit. NOBODY has said that LeQuit is obligated to play for the Cavs for the rest of his life. He could leave whenever he felt like it, and he did. The people who need to get are clue, Tina, are people like you, who have no idea of the history of the dynamic of the relationship Cleveland had with LeBron. That relationship is no longer, except for twice a year when he returns as grown ass LeQuit with his grown ass Miami posse.

      March 30, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChristyinFL

      @Tina – Cavs fans know that he has the right to play for who ever he wants and in any city that he wants. But you are wrong – this man did owe the Cavs fans. He owed them the decency to just leave! No need for all the hoopla bull***t. If you want to leave, leave. Don't be a drama queen and do what he did to the fans and city of Cleveland on national TV! Be a "star" somewhere else. Fizzle...

      March 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      @ChristyinFL – LeBron DID leave! So why all of the continued mud slinging? He left. What does "how he left" have anything to do with what you just said, leave! He did exactly what you're saying, and you're still complaining! Nothing is good enough. People are just going to be bitter with him out of pure spite, nothing else.

      March 30, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
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