Clevelanders laughing as LeBron loses
LeBron James reacts during Sunday night's NBA Finals game against the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki is at rear.
June 13th, 2011
08:02 AM ET

Clevelanders laughing as LeBron loses

When the Dallas Mavericks finished off the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night, the happiness in Dallas may have been eclipsed in only one place, Cleveland, the city that Heat star LeBron James left to take his talents to South Beach.

CNN affiliate WOIO-TV in Cleveland had a one-word headline on its sports page under a picture of James holding up his Heat jersey: "LOSER!"

"LeBron James still has no rings,"  the site's story began.

Cleveland.com quickly jumped on James' failure to bring a championship to Miami, something he promised would happen multiple times when he and former Toronto Raptor Chris Bosh joined Heat superstar Dwayne Wade in Miami.

The site posted a video of James, Wade and Bosh made as Miami celebrated their arrival last July.

"It looks even sillier after the Dallas Mavericks clinched the NBA title with their win at Miami tonight," the site says.  "Hear James say, 'The way we're gonna challenge each other to get better in practice, once the game starts, I mean it's gonna be easy.'

"Best of all, hear James count up of how many championships Miami will win. No limit."

Cavs fans may be chuckling over that Monday morning, but Yahoo! Sports Dan Wetzel writes they were laughing at James as they watched from a Cleveland bar during Sunday night's game.

"A crowd of Clevelanders gathered here to watch their onetime hero turned all-time traitor, and with each disinterested LeBron offensive possession, each failed LeBron chase down of Jason Terry, each embarrassing LeBron crunch-time turnover, the prevailing emotion was simple.

"Laughter.

"They weren’t hating LeBron here. They were laughing at him," Wetzel writes.

SI.com's Michael Rosenberg says James needs to take the loss the right way, with a heavy dose of humility that is needed to achieve true greatness.

"I hope he acknowledges that he brought this criticism upon himself and, I hope he admits it publicly and candidly. ... But after a year of being hated, LeBron can change and show the humility and desire we admire in all of our best athletes."

As far as becoming a true champion, James could learn a lesson from the Mavericks and their star, NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki, writes Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Jennifer Floyd Engel.

"On its very best day, the game is about a guy like Dirk refusing to quit, to give into the doubt, to fail. And his guys, like (Mavs' coach Rick) Carlisle and (teammate Jason) Terry, backing him up. And not about an egomaniacal athlete named LeBron."

SI.com's Chris Mannix writes that Nowitzki's Mavericks won as a team and James' Heat "abandoned any semblance of a team game in favor of selfish, one-on-one play."

SI.com's Ian Thomsen points out that in getting his first NBA title, Nowitzki took a course that James rejected.

"He had drawn strength from playing with the same teammates year after year. Altogether he and they built a championship team that James and his newly assembled Heat could not beat. As far as they had come in one season together, they hadn't had enough time to resolve issues that had taken the Mavericks' several years to overcome," Thomsen writes.

As the game finished Sunday night, Nowitzki bolted off the court in Miami's American Airlines Arena toward the visitor's locker room. He wanted to cry alone, writes ESPN.com's Marc Stein.

"I could already feel the tears coming," Stein quotes Nowtizki as saying. "I had to recover, bro."

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in an ESPN interview that Nowitzki "had the heart of a lion." Watch what else he had to say about his team's first NBA championship.

While Cuban was talkative Sunday night, he changed his form and stayed out of the spotlight during his team's playoff run, writes Jeff Caplan on ESPNDallas.com.

And now he has an NBA championship trophy and apparently he's not letting go of it. At least that's what it looks like on his Twitpic account.

One of those congratulating Cuban was Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert who posted on his Twitter account: "Congrats to Mark C. & entire Mavs org. Mavs NEVER stopped & now entire franchise gets rings. Old Lesson for all: There are NO SHORTCUTS. NONE."

Even a former Cavalier, Los Angeles Clippers guard Mo Williams, was happy to see his old teammate James without a championship ring.

"Dallas just healed my HEART," Williams tweeted.

Half a world away, hearts were cheered too in Wurzburg, Germany, where fans of the NBA Finals MVP and hometown hero Dirk Nowitzki partied into the night, CNN affiliate WFAA reported.

And at least Cavaliers fan had a warning for a possible finals fallout:

"Just be careful when shipping the Miami Heat champs T-shirts to the poor in Guatemala," NBA.com quoted Avon, Ohio's, Nathan Obral as saying. "They could be a choking hazard."

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  1. Cosmotologist to the Stars

    I got to fix hair today. I am a cosmotologist.

    June 13, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • steeve-o

      You are really? Can you do my star chart?

      June 13, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Miles

      People! Stop giving toxic LaBron more air time here and focus on the true spirit of sportsmanship and class with ALL the Mav players. The Mavs acted and played so well, we could all take away a lesson from this...especially the young sports fans and players.

      June 13, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. Big Game James

    Yayyyy!!! Cleveland!!! Now if you can exorcise the Elway and Jordan demons you might be ok. But I think they are the only ones who can be truly be angry. Everybody else just mad he didn't go to their team. LeBron did disappear and looked very very passive. Next season: be quiet, LeBron! Don't say anything crazy! Just ball. Spoelstra, I'd be scared to answer my phone today.

    June 13, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Bron-Bron

      I love your post and really hope that is what he does during the off season and during next season...If he stays quiet and gets a ring it will make me like the guy even more. Enough of the arrogance. He NEEDS to win one soon so everyone will just shut up about him.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • biggal195

      I'm in Dallas. We're not at all mad that he didn't come to our team. We like Dirk better. 🙂

      June 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. randy

    Hi

    June 13, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. alex mckeithen

    Jordans got six rings. Lebron six toes!
    Keep it that way...

    June 13, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ellis-Panama

    I eat big chorizo and two massive basketBALLS.

    June 13, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kyle

    king"choker"James...

    Congrats Dallas and Cleveland fans!

    June 13, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      This is the only win any Dallas team will EVER win...suck it Jerry Jones! As for Cleveland...get on with your lives...stop whining already...you have the Indians and the Browns....uh..never mind then...

      June 13, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Same Old Cleveland

    More proof that Cleveland is most productive at anything that involves disparaging someone else. Don't get me wrong; I get that LeBron did you wrong, and that you have the right to gloat about his failure. But you'd be better served trying to get your own house in order, because, despite LeBron's loss, he DID make it to the Finals. Again. And who led the Cavaliers to their only Finals appearance? LeBron.

    Nevertheless, enjoy it while you've got it. The real work of building something has to come soon, however.

    June 13, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Far Away Fan

      You're a sick, sad person. Until you live in Cleveland you have no idea. This is the most POSITIVE CITY THERE IS. We stand by our sports teams through ANYTHING, we're not fair-weathered fans. It takes a lot for us to get negative with our sports. But for someone from your hometown who painted himself as a hometown hero to publicly humiliate the city- well, that's incredibly vicious, especially since we know he knows what being from Cleveland can be like.

      CLEVELAND IS ALL HEART.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wow

      Pretty sad, really, that you come on here with such a screen name then have to say "don't get me wrong". Sheesh.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Strange1

    Better than MJ??? What was Scottie ever thinking??, James is a good player, he just has the curse of vanity... and he always runs his big mouth and ends looking like a sad kid who lied to everyone ONCE again.. The CAVS owner is right in sports "THERE AREN'T ANY SHORTCUTS", that's what makes a superstar and a BUST with fame, at the end of the day the BEST ACTIVE player in the NBA is Kobe Bryant the best closer the best player the one with a ring for each of his fingers in his right hand to B**** slap L-BJ!!! at anytime and show him what a true charmpion is...

    June 13, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      MJ always sealed the deal!
      Labron needs to seal his yap

      June 13, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      What a clown Pippen is. Le'Fraud just made Pippen look even more like a joke. James was not even the best player in that series, let alone the best player in basketball. James just got owned by a dorky looking German white guy.

      Best payer ever? MJ's laughing at that disghruntled nitwit Pippen all day today.

      June 13, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • quinton

      I think pippen purposly dont that to get into Lebron head....think about it Lebron was playing great in the playoffs until that comment was made...pippen may be smarter than we think

      June 13, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. S Mither

    Ok so THE HEAT LOST...so what..so;meone had to loose........Hold your head up King James....you still have time...look how long it took for some to that RING......that had to face fauilures....but still remained strong..........JUST STAND..........

    June 13, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • duh...winning

      KIng James?? What are you nuts??? He is a rich punk who can play basketball and run his mouth. Big deal.

      June 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bob

    "They weren’t hating LeBron here. They were laughing at him." You don't laugh at someone's failures unless you hate them.

    June 13, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      I laugh at a lot of politicians when they fail (e.g. Anthony Weiner = FAIL), but that doesn't mean I hate them.

      June 13, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Everyone laughs at something funny. When someone fails, people don't care... unless they hate them.

      June 13, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Jojo

      Bob, I don't hate you, yet I am laughing at your stupid comments. Problematic?

      June 13, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      No, Jojo – why would I care if an idiot laughs at me?

      June 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LMAO

    Cleveland fans are funny for taking this as a victory, Lebron will get his ring eventually, while the
    Cleveland Cavs will remain irrelevant and without championships for a looooooong time. At least you have the Browns..Oh Wait.........Nevermind!

    June 13, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      Are you sure that Lebron will have another chance with that team? With the new CBD, if the hard cap gets passed that the NBA is determined to put in place, they're going to have to break up that squad in Miami. That is, if there is even a season next year. Also, what if one of the big 3 has a career ending injury next year, or even Lebron for that matter? There are no garauntees for next year.

      June 13, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Why are you sure Cleveland will be irrelevant? They have #1 and #4 picks in this year's draft, a Traded Player Exception allowing them to pick up another big money player if they want, and multiple expiring contracts (Jamison) that can be traded. The Cavs seem destined to be on the fast-track to relevancy yet again.

      June 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nati

    hahahah

    June 13, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. Heat_Fan

    Well it was a close game, Can't believe the Cavs beat the Heat to win the Championship. So close. Wait...what...the Cavs didn't win, they only made it how far. Sit down Cav fans. You have nothing and we will be champions soon enough. It is the 1st year and they almost won it all when everyone outside of Miami wanted them to fail. just stop it.

    June 13, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Lydia

      You know what, I'm from NY, and I saw ANYTHING but LeBron. What's he going to do next trade teams again until he gets a ring? You are no superstar if you can't do it with team work. And, he's got no class!!! I don't blame Cleveland for their bitterness. Congrats Mavs!!! Hey, you know what Cleveland, you didn't win, but neither did 49 other states and 100s of other cities..... LeBron, grow up and get some class. Then, the pressure won't be so on you....Maybe concentrate on the game...and then the rest will COME.

      June 13, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Reality_Speaks

      Heat_Fan- you are in the exact same place Cleveland fans were one year ago...listen to the voice of experience. As they are now soon you shall be.

      June 13, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • The Real Tom Paine

      " Almost" does not count, and its the cry of those who make excuses. Until the Heat win with LeBron, all the talk means nothing.

      June 13, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. George

    How cute that Cleveland gets to enjoy another city achieving something that they never will.

    June 13, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Don

      George you ought to stick with writing commnets to "I Love Obama" stories. I'm from Boston where in terms of sports we've achieevd more than Miami ever will, and we all enjoyed it too.

      June 13, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. marcos gutierrez

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha uyour head got to pumped up for your own good leBron you suck u supposed to be the chosen one don't look like it. it looks like u a losser D-Town go hard no matter what thats why your old team is laughing at you. YOU SUCK LEBRON

    June 13, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
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