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. uglyresult

    A great king, loved by his people, chose another life path. It was clearly best for him, although it was not best for the people of his kingdom. He was unable to know the truth that lived in his heart that these people WERE his heart. Later, as successful ruler of his new kingdom he faced in battle his former people.

    It was a battle no more or less significant than any other except that he lost. Some say it was because he was a traitor. In fact he had only been true to his heart, and though he nor they could see it, the ache in his heart was for his people.

    And much later in the end of his life, after a long path through which he suffered in ways his people did not know (as his people did too), he returned to them. An old man, he aided them in every he could, and rejoiced with them in all the ways they together did.

    March 30, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ksuflash

      But, alas, upon his return, his kingdom turned out to be only in his mind. For those he thought to be his people, HATE HIS FRACKING GUTS. The end.

      March 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Boscobear

    What's he ever done that he needs an entourage?

    March 30, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Clandrocks

    Oh and another thing, someone commented that he continues with a lot of charity in Cleveland. I'd like to see the back-up for that. I live here, and there is not a single thing he has done for Cleveland since he left.

    March 30, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bernadette

    So if LeBron rolls into any other city at an opposing team's arena he and all his hangers-on get free parking?

    There's no way ESPN is blowing this out of proportion, is there....

    March 30, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JP

    Sports is ALL about money; from the owners to the apparel, it's all anyone cares about. Lebron is doing what he needs to do to pad his future, a retired athlete with no college degree doesn't get far. Be thankful you had him as long as you did to make your money. Cleveland has been a breading ground for bad sports teams since I can remember; I grew up there and thankfully got the heck out.

    March 30, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ksuflash

      C'mon JP...you're forgetting about the Cleveland Force and the Crunch. It's not all bad.

      March 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 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 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 12stasrgate

    Cavalier fans are the worst!! They have no class!!

    March 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. shagadalic

    Man get over it. Cavaliers are acting like Immature babies. If every1 thinks lebron is no where near jordan than why give him soo much attention.

    March 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Havok

    who proofreads these articles? geeze.

    March 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Who Cares

    Da Bulls!

    March 30, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. KV

    WHO CARES...PHENOM IS JUST WARMING UP. THX JACK FOR THE GOOGLE HEADS-UP 🙂

    March 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Stephen Hawking knows more than you

    Cryami fans on here doing what they do best.

    March 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BB*X

    "...it was not enough top bring down the Cavs..." and "While the Cavs game James' team fits on the court..." made me stop reading after the second one. That's two errors in a short article and both in the top half of the article.

    March 30, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ciscoheat

      Yeah...I still don't know what that second one was trying to say. I read it 4 times before giving up. Congratulations cnn...you were first to report a crappy news article!! Take some time and report like journalists.

      March 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RealityCHKR

    Cavalier Fans = Mindless drones.

    March 30, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oscar

      lol very true

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

      How clever

      March 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SASpurs

    Cleveland fans and Gilbert are so immature. Basketball is a business and James left for a different job. Big Woop!! Get over it Cavs' fans!!!

    March 30, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ciscoheat

      I don't think most care that he left, but it was how he left. He made a spectacle of it essentially toying with the hopes of Cleveland fans. Its kind of like breaking up with your girlfriend. You have the right to...that's understandable...but you don't break up with her by calling a meeting with her family and friends to announce it.

      March 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • OmegaXS1

      THE TRUTH!

      March 30, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
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