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. Paul

    I still think the real losers are the morons whose life revolves around a sport bar, beer and tv ... . Try getting a life instead of wasting at a bar. ... trying having LeBron life ... oh wait, you don't have the balls for it.
    This said ... arrogance has never helped anybody .. LeBron is learning too 😉

    June 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      AWWWW !!!! Are we a Lebron fan ? To bad , So sad !!!!

      June 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. J

    Joe you speak of a REAL crime. Do you not consider Michael Vick murdering several dogs a crime? Or Plaxico carrying a loaded firearm into a crowded nightclub when in fact NYC has specific laws in place that make that a REAL crime. Yes I am white but that by no means i just dislike Lebron because he is black. I also dislike Favre, Clemens, Arnold and think that as people they are much worse than Lebron. Lebron has not committed any crimes, he is just incredibly arrogant and that has always turned people off regardless of race.

    June 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ClevelandSitPlease

    Why is this headline news on cnn.com? Cleveland is not even aware at how it comes across in the media - like a jilted lover. There is no sympathy for you. The man left. He is gone. Get YOUR life. All this bs about "It's about HOW he left not THAT he left" is pure crap! He could have put it in a letter and begged for forgiveness and Cleveland would still harbor the anger. It's ridiculous and stories like this make that city look like the losers they are.

    This is a Heat team in its' first year together and look at their accomplishments? The media wants everyone to think that they underachieved. I even read some idiot state that it doesn't matter if they win it in the future because it only matters that they didn't win it all in year one. Really?? That's just stupid. As for LeBron, it was not in the cards this year for him. But, he woke up in a mansion by the sea this morning with helpers at his beck and call. You can hate on that all day, but it won't change your life (or lack of one). All the hate and bitterness in the world will not change the fact that LeBron, in his first year with Miami, made it to the finals, Cleveland is bitter and that the Cavs had the second worst record in the NBA.

    June 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • biggal195

      The problem is that James VOWED to win THIS one – on video, and even said it would be EASY. That kind of arrogance gets people in trouble – no matter who they are.

      June 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark McKee

      It sounds like you, someone who has been dealing with LeBron's crap for only a year, are lecturing Cleveland fans who have been dealing with it a lot longer. Shouldn't they be advising you? Well good luck with that buddy. You & your friends ought to make sure everyone in Miami knows the heimlich manuvere, because you are about to become familiar with everything choking!

      June 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • bjk

      Feel better now? Talk about a bunch of crap and stupid! Who cares that he has his "mansion by the sea" or that he made the finals his first year with Miami? The three losers still don't have the ring they were so positive they would have THIS YEAR!

      June 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skilobrown

      I woke up this morning on the lake knowing I didn't choke. Do u realize he brought this upon himself? Arrogant yes he is! He needs humility and it would turn peoples opinion on him. Yeah he accomplished getting to the finals but was that enough? You got 3 All/Stars together and got nothing out of it but being 1st Losers. I personally think Lebron is overrated and mentally is not strong enough when it comes down to winning. Don't believe me look at his performance in the finals compared to the Eastern Conference Finals. Where was he in the 4th Quarter? Wouldn't you want "King" James to have the ball? I know I would if it was Jordan,Bryant heck I would prefer Robert Horry having the ball over James since Horry can hit clutch shots and doesn't choke. Btw the before mentioned all have rings cause they are champs not chumps and do there talking in the court. Congrats

      June 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat2u

    I'm not from Cleveland but, Hey Lebron Ha Ha Ha Ha !!!!!!

    June 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • NotFromCleveland

      I wouldn't claim to be from Cleveland either. Especially after the 2010 season. 19 Wins and 63 Losses.

      June 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • bjk

      To NotFromCleveland – Cleveland is s-o-o-o thankful that you are not there too! Judging by a basketball record?? Get a life!

      June 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 2bits

    My two bits worth is that LeBron is a narcissist just like Obama!

    June 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brian

    Don't worry people we will have another player to discuss real soon when "Superman" departs Orlando to take his talents to.........?????

    June 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Travis

    "...and desire we admire and all of our best athletes."
    "And at least Cavaliers fan had..."
    Who edited this mess?

    June 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jose

    It's the illegal aliens fault that are taking all of our farming jobs away!! Whoops! wrong site lol. Anyways, Lebron will never be like MJ

    June 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Badonkadonk!

    i play better basketball than lebron

    June 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. echo

    No one brought this onto James, but himself. Have anyone listen to his post-game speech? He said when people "hate" him woke up next morning, they will still have their problems and he and his family will live their own life. Basically, he was saying that he is making millions a year, and he is laughing at the working people who pays his salary to be poor.

    You wonder why people hate him....

    June 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JBC

    Joe...I don't know what you are trying to gain through your posts, but you my friend are seriously abusing our right to free speech.

    June 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GwatS

    Nothing funnier than watching a young, arrogant young man get his head handed to him.
    Lebron will get his rings, but not today.

    June 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. koofred

    Uh he promised multiple championships, and just missed this one, by a couple of games..

    sounds like King James is still on track to me.... they are just a point gaurd away from dominance...!!

    Eastern Champs first year playing together.... they may not be champs but they are still winners..

    some folks need to focus on their own lives and stop worrying what a young multi millionaire is doing with his!

    he has more than enough time to win multiple championships, he aint even thirty yet!!!

    look how long it took jason kid and dirk to get one...

    King James STILL the man!!!!

    June 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. coughcoughchoke

    perhaps those coughs were a bit more severe than they anticipated...?

    June 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. erich2112x

    Plenty of time Lebron, plenty of time.

    June 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • VT

      Dallas bites

      June 13, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • optime5

      And Cuban really does....you know...

      June 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
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