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. Redial

    Too many haters and fanboys commenting about the 'certain' future failure/success of lebron. everyone should loosen up their panties and let things play out, we'll see what happens. And anyways, the bulls are in first place. lol.

    March 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Truth

    Wow. The Cavs owner is like a little kid. No wonder James chose to leave Cleveland. Plus, he spent over half of an average NBA career in Cleveland and they brought him NO help. The Cavs are the dumb ones here.

    March 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clandrocks

      See my previous post. They help they brought him was the help HE HIMSELF approved.

      March 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      Unfortunately it's not the players responsibility to make personnel decisions. The owner is supposed to hire the right people for personnel decisions. Just because Lebron approved of a poor personnel decision doesn't mean the players around him were horrible. He led them to the NBA Finals without legit help. And the season after he leaves...the Cavs are the worst team in basketball. Cleveland could not expect for a player that huge to stay in a boring town like Cleveland with no other stars around him. He already surpased the average amount of time any player, especially a player of that caliber, spends with one team in the NBA. Gilbert is an immature person who has handled this whole situation accordingly.

      March 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clandrocks

      Lebron is not the only player missing on this year's Cavs. There are currently only a handful of players left that he played with. Nobody is mad that Z left, even though he played his whole career here. Matter of fact he received a standing ovation his first time back to the Q. The Cavs also have had more than their fair share of injuries this year which really put them at a disadvantage. Do I think we were going to be anywhere close to first this year, no. And sure it is owner's job to hire people for personnel decisions, but Lebron was always a part of decision making because he was who the team was being built around. Most decisions that were made for the team were made because of LBJ. Gilbert did what he was supposed to do, he was supposed to be building a team around its superstar. You can't possibly believe for a second that Gilbert himself could make a team? He was the money behind the team, the money that he put on the line for a team he believed in. How is that immature? His actions the night of the decision may have been rash, but it was helpful to a City that had just been humiliated on national television. His Tweet last night, not immature. It is actually funny. Maybe more so to me, the boring Clevelander, than to yourself. Why is it that LBJ wearing the aforementioned t-shirt to the game was not immature. And I am quite sure the decision to not allow non-NBA personnel into the Q for the morning shoot around was not Gilbert's decision, rather the decision of the security personnel. As stated above, that is an NBA policy, and can sometimes be pre-approved, but in this case LBJ didn't garner such approval therefore his entourage was not allowed to enter said building. He clearly forgets he no longer is owed favors from this City, this team, or the owner.
      Also, please note because I am sure you are thinking it. Clevelanders are not mad he went to "Souf Beach," it was the fact that he screwed any chance of our organization being able to acquire another star or 2 to put on our roster. His behavior leading up to the decision was not that of a businessman, it was that of a child. Maybe Gilbert is at fault for babying him all along, but if you want to claim it was business then grow up and act like a businessman!

      March 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • JS

      Cleveland blows without Lebron, get over it. The team is garbage with a bunch of second tier players, and it's blatantly obvious where they stand at without Lebron.
      As for Lebron screwing over the Cavs... please, they screwed themselves over. There was no preparation work done for the possibility of Lebron leaving the team. Basically, they banked it all on Lebron staying. Not very business smart if you ask me.
      And lastly, Gilbert is just as immature as Lebron is you idiot. Look at the things he said and did after Lebron left. Not very professional from a NBA team owner.

      March 30, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. memememememememememememememememememememe

    okay so now lebron deserves to lose because he just disrespected them and he just bailed them out like bam! and i think that that is just messed up and wrong that is what it think and that's real good that the cavs beat the heat and look at him now he want to go back and cry for them but i just hope that the cavs don't go to the play offs that's all i have to say and that's good they burned his jersey that's real good hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha lol!

    March 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. B-ball fan

    james is a good player, really, really good player... why did he leave the cavs??? what is the real reason?? for more money and to get a ring?? great players stick with the team and build up the players around them. Jordan with the Bulls, Bird with Boaston, Magic with the Lakers, Duncan with the Spurs and Kobe with the Lakers. they stuck with the team through alot of bad years and build up a great team. they didn't go running off to a super stack team to find the ring. i would really like to know what happen to loyality like, it's not in the NBA anymore or is it?? and if he left beacuase Cavs wasn't wanting to help build a great team with him, just take a look at D Rose, he is a really good player, building a really good team with the Bulls!! and they have been really good all year long. I like James, i have alot of respect for him because he is a really good player, great to watch.

    March 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • bball fan response

      Kobe=Shaq-Now Pau
      Bird= McHale,Parish, Ainge
      Duncan= Manu, Parker, Robinson

      Cleveland Lebron= JJ Hickson? Delonte West?

      March 30, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • B-ball fan

      all of them had a great side kicks + a great bench, but sometimes it still takes up to 7 to 10 years before you win a ring.. everything isn't instant..Patrick Ewing, Knicks, i don't think he ever got a ring, but still stuck with his team.

      March 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Oscar

    Cavs fans are a bunch of cry baby's. You guys still suck!!! Go Nuggets!!

    March 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sheba

    yea get over it clevs

    March 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John

    Fix the typo in the article.

    March 30, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Targeted Individual

    Watch a Pre-January 8th copy of Inception. Listen closely when the actors say imagine, reality, safe, and envelope, or point pistols. You'll hear the words, Loughner, offin' her, part of the word Giffords, and much more. Some say they hear, do it.

    March 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JamesH8ter

    Glad to see he got punked! He's a freaking Cry Baby!!!!!

    March 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Reemo

    Poorly written article. There were at least 3 typos in the first have of the column.

    March 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mr. Logic

    that clevenland owner is nothing but a greedy money-hungry PIG! He's acting unprofessional and immature cause he did get his money maker to stay and keep trying until the end of time for that a- hole city to win!

    March 30, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clandrocks

      Mr. Logic, what super mega-awesome city are you from?

      March 30, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Wolfy4661

    The cavaliers had how many seasons with Lebron James and they didnt get hardly anyone to help support him. No championships was the OWNERS fault not lebron's. The owner needs to grow up and accept the fact that he MESSED UP. Have a good day and may God bless.

    March 30, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • John


      March 30, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ksuflash

      Wolfy...this isn't baseball. You can't buy championships in the NBA. Although, the Heat seems to think you can. In the end it's up to the players to win.

      March 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. paul

    I am glad the Heat lost but Cleveland needs to get over this Lebron thing, he is gone, they are like an old girlfriend that is still obsessed – grow up Cleveland, no wonder everyone laughs at you....

    March 30, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. nick

    it would be nice to see if the cavs would show up to play with this type of effort for most of the games. I mean ok it's a cool win but whats going to happen on the next 10 games? probably lose everyone one of them. let's get real for a sec, Miami did not show up for this game. yes it's true the cavs stepped up but miami just wasn't there mentally. guess what? miami its going to the playoffs regarless, the cavs? well yeah enough said

    March 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • ksuflash

      It doesn't really matter if Cleveland wins another game this year. The Cavs "Finals" was last night, and they beat the Heat down, both mentally and physically. It was an impressive win. Crying Wade tried to pick a fight to get his team fired up, it had the opposite effect. Pick a fight with Hollins? Really Crying Wade? That's all you could muster. How about showing up and playing like you want the number one seed in the East. Nice game Heat.

      March 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. B-ball fan

    Mr. Logic, that maybe very true, if that is the case i agree with you, but i also believe almost all owners of all Pro sports are greedy money-hungry PIGs. they want the best players, pay as little and charge fan as much as possible. Maybe the Professional sports should go back to when the players played because they really loved the sport and had a part time job on the side to support themselves and the owners to charge the fans just barely enough to keep the stadium up and running.. that is a thought

    March 30, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
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