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. FedUp

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH - LeBron - you SUCKED!
    LMAO LMAO LMAO LMAO LMAO LMAO LMAO LMAO ! ! ! ! ! !

    June 13, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. dhgfhfh

    like it or not, LeBron made the right decision to leave the Cavs. Imagine if he would have stayed in that crappy team?? not even the playoffs he would have reached. He definitely made the correct decision. That he decided to go to Miami with D-Wade, the same thing would have been with D-Rose and the Bulls..he would've reached the Finals as well.Great players when they join a popular team always want to get a ring, thats not always the case and people know it. Its all about LeBron's decision, and he made the right one.

    June 13, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • always a Lebron Fan

      I so agree with you. The man did not commit a crime or hurt physically hurt anyone, he simply made a career move of which 10 million people watched. I personally don't know anyone who ever got paid 3 million dollars (which he donated) to know their next career move and I bet the 10 million viewers don't know anyone either. Basically, he capitalized on the media and went to a better team, way to go LeBron. I can't wait for next year, go HEAT!

      June 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Matt r.

    What was the Cavs record this year? Why aren't we all laughing at them?

    June 13, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      it's not nice to laugh at ret-arded people? The cavs wouldn't even win in the special olympics

      June 13, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • cartmanrulz

      Ya I don't get it. They lost the most games of the year. They have the worse team out there and they are laughing?? Lebron was tired of carring that team and I don't blame him. Keep laughing Cleveland you will never see a championship.

      June 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • always a Lebron Fan

      Exactly, because we all know they really, really, really, really, did I say really,...........suck!

      June 13, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Takeanotherlook

    In LJ's defense the game officiating of Fouls & charges was VERY QUESTIONABLE throught the whole series.

    It seems like Dirk could push anyone with his right hand & get away with it & push people with the ball while driving to the lane. Yet when Posh or LJ did the exact same thing, they were called with a foul.

    THat is my only complaint of the game. The officiating was NOT consistent on Chrages & blocking fouls.

    June 13, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Are you serious? Both teams had issues with fouls and calls through out the series. We, here in Dallas, have waited forever for this. And we have stood by our team. We haven't made excuses and they finally are living up to their true potential. This is great for the team and our city. I'm sorry that you feel that way. Regardless, the Mavs deserved this more than you know. Great job Mavs, and thank you for finishing this with grace and class!!!

      June 13, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. gogogopher

    i like chese and mavs yUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 13, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. shyril

    Obivously Lebron could and did choose to play whereever he wants. It's the way that he did it that I and may other find insulting. Why go on national television to leave your hometown team? Everyone knew he was the franchise.why embarrass/humiliate them on t.v.? Why? Then to get to Miami and have a huge roll out and talk/brag about perhaps 7 championships (which they still may get). Later to mock the other team (when you are behind and have played crappy)
    and finally to seemingly make a snide comment after you just lost. Where are his senses? Dont try and blame it on the media. It was all Lebron and Miami with the hype. The arrogance was on full display. So its easy to see why folks wanted you to lose..if for no other reason than to shut your mouth.
    During the off season aside from working on your game you need a good public relations person.

    June 13, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rob

    Heat had 16 wins in the 2011 playoffs...Cavs had 19 wins in the ENTIRE SEASON

    June 13, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I beg to differ. The Heat had 14 wins.

      I believe some other team had 16 in the 2011 playoffs though. Can't quite remember who. Anyone got any ideas?

      June 13, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Isaac

    Too bad for Cleveland that the Lebron will still win a championship MANY years before Cleveland every sniffs the Finals again.

    June 13, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • always a Lebron Fan

      So true Isaac.

      June 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • cartmanrulz

      True and that goes for all sports.... Congrats Cleveland your city is the worst at sports in the world.. You will never see a championship. Sincerly the rest of the World.. Last laugh is on us thanks Cleveland.

      June 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. gogogopher

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    June 13, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. hisham

    by showing the whole sport world how happy they are when the Miami Heat lost yesterday , The Cleveland fans proved that they have not moved on ...when in fact a professional athlete like Lebron James will be enjoying his summer vacation and will start working harder with his teammates next season to earn a trophy .
    While yesterday game showed that the mental toughness in the crucial moments was lacking in Miami Heat , you still can;t write off what they have achieved this season .....
    so i say we all move on and be more mature

    June 13, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • always a Lebron Fan

      Exactly, and if I'm not mistaken LeBron had the number #1 selling jersey this year so he is still loved by many, get over it Cleveland.

      June 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rob

    Heat had 14 wins in the 2011 playoffs...Cavs had 19 wins in the ENTIRE SEASON

    June 13, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • cartmanrulz

      lmfao now that is a good stat that I didn't look at.. Cleveland you are pathetic

      June 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BBBKKK

    do people really still care about the NBA?

    June 13, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. Marv.

    I didn't have a dog in that fight, but I really don't like Cleveland. I don't think I can even look at their football team with favor. So... because of the distasteful hate that Cleveland has for james. I will pull for whoever plays the CAVS, Indians and Browns. Cleveland fans suck.

    June 13, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      exactly....their behavior is a warning for any athlete of any sport...don't play for cleveland because the fans suck

      June 13, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • ed yount

      Marv I couldnt agree with you more . That city is a garbage dump anyway

      June 13, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • cartmanrulz

      agreed. All of the USA trash gets dropped off in Cleveland, they show no respect for anyone. So I will show no respect when im taking a dump on your street with the other feces around

      June 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mojo

    All this proves to me–is you can take the boy out of the ghetto...but you can't take the ghetto out of the boy..

    June 13, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      wouldn't that mean that cleveland is the ghetto?

      June 13, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Mojo

      Have you seen cleveland lately??

      June 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • always a Lebron Fan

      What an ignorant statement but one thing I'm willing to bet is his bank account is much more greater than yours and he's well known around the WORLD unlike yourself. Keep counting your pennies while ths man net worth is over 90 million.

      June 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mojo

      Always a Lebron Fan Yea and you can carry his suitcases and garbage out cause you aint anything either–but I know I have more money than you at least. D bag.

      June 13, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mesa mick

    This thug James blames gawd for losin'...He's the loser for two reasons: He's all about LeBron and he believes there is such a thing as a gawd.

    June 13, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Einstein

      yeah, they're all maniacal arrogant egomaniacs...

      June 13, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
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