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. marineace

    Karma.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Backralker85

      Why didn't Lebron go to college? He can't pass the Finals.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. In4aride

    Not all Clevelanders are laughing. I wish LeBron all the best, as well as the rest of the HEAT. One local news station keeps deleting my posts because I like LeBron. I am a CAVS fan too. Why is it that the media only wants to post negative remarks about LeBron and not positive ones, or at least a different point of view. GO HEAT, GO CAVS in 2012. I love you both

    June 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jimbo

    Wade, Jame, n Bosh conspiring to play together reminds me of the guys in gym class or at the courts sitting out a game or two so they could get on the same team and run the court all day. They did not seem to realize that their selfish moves merely made us go play on another court. When they would realized that better games were being played on the other courts they would try to come and do the same thing there. IT was funny how they would wait out a game or two again and then when it was their turn to play, we would leave and go back to the first court. Eventually they got it and played with whomever was there and had more fun than their scheming could provide.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. marineace

    Karma courtesy of the city of Cleveland.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      karma is what people call it when they are too stupid to understand what is really going on....

      June 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimbo

      No Karma is what you get when you upset 90% of the general population with your self-absorbed arrogance. ...but Rob, you can keep suckling up to Bron Bron's massive ego and worshipping him.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      thanks for proving my point, jimbo....

      June 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. maplejet

    Whoa whoa whoa. Front page of CNN has Lebron James on it? Seriously, what's up with the media doing more coverage over a sore loser instead of showing the joy of Dirk Nowitski and the Mavs triumphing...real success, not like the Heat

    June 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan

      Agreed. Makes no sense.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nomoredrama

    When you have haters you must be doing something right. Cleveland is thee worst sports town ever! Perennial losers, not a drop of victory since 1964 for any of their teams! Cavs fan and the Owner remind me of the ex girlfriend that can't let go. It's hard for them to see you with someone else, so they hate on you and wish bad on you because you're not with them. Cleveland, get over it. Enjoy being used for practice by the NBA Elite teams, and the bottom of the standings.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      next, the cavs are going to accuse LeBron of raping them....

      June 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      oh wait, he kinda did when the Heat beat the crap out of the cavs

      June 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimbo

      Evidently you weren't watching when the Cavs beat the crap out of the Heat as the season was winding down. Now that was satisfying.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      you mean 30 games after the heat made the playoffs and the cavs were eliminated?

      June 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DALLAS_TAKES_NO_PRISONERS

    We in Dallas are laughing at LeChoke as he and his bro Wade were coughing and mocking Dirk! Maybe they were choking instead of coughing! Ha! He also said they were a dynasty, maybe he meant die nasty! Get another tatoo showing your the loser. He stated he would be a billionaire soon. Great, worship your $$ but $$ wont buy ya a ring sadsack! YEA

    June 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. peter pan

    I don't like Miami heat because of LeBron James, he is too arrogant last year.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. YouKidnme

    America loves to see the black man fail. Have your day. Wanna bag on someone, think Lance Armstrong is a far worse example than Lebron James. At least he's not a drug addict.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      neither has failed a drug test....what is your point?

      June 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      Everyone was and still is behind Michael Jordan and last time I checked - he was African American.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      Also, you have no proof that LBJ is not an addict and that Armstrong is an addict. Your arguments are not logical, nor are they reasonable. Pick yourself up and walk into the 21st century.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris Ross

    I can't say how happy I am to see Lebron have to go through another entire year of crap from the media and deservedly so. He played with so much passiveness in these NBA finals and he stayed content with deferring to other players. The Heat as a team didn't put in great performances but it doesn't matter because in the end it's all going back to Lebron. Those late game stats that haunted him during the year haunted him during the most important time of the year as well. We thought he had exorcised the demons when he hadn't. Going to be a real interesting summer for Lebron James and co.

    http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/lebron%E2%80%99s-championship-asterisk/

    June 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jimbo

    Dirk is a winner and Bron Bron is a loser. CNN always gravitates to losers to get attention of the masses.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jim

    look at the end of the day lebron knows whats going on and he dont care what you guys say because he is living his dream . He gets paid millions of dollars for a reason Not just because these owners are filthy rich and have 300 million dollars to play games with. lebron is lebron just let this guy make his own legacy stop comparing him to jordan, chamberlin, russell, bird, magic. NONE OFF THESE GUYS HAD TO DEAL WITH SUCH EXPECTATIONS By YOU non athletic shmucks as lebron has. Lebron is already on a course to create a great legacy stop trying to ruin his talents

    June 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. peter pan

    It is a bad karma forLeBron James, he deaerves the bad luck!

    June 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      if you believe in karma, won't your comment come back to kick your @$$? hypocrite

      June 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Timmyg

    Why can't Lebron make change for a dollar? Cause he doesn't have a 4th Quarter. LOL I LOVE IT. I hope it's his last time he makes fun of someone (Dirk) for being sick. Sucka Kobe is still #1.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. YouKidnme

    Fine that Dallas won, but so much hate for LeBron is just stupid. Your lame lives will still be the same and he'll still have more money than your entire family put together will ever make. Get a life!

    June 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      There's more important things in life than money, kiddo.

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

      Lebron, you should be practicing that jumper some more instead of posting comments on cnn.com under an alias!

      June 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corey

      I think that is why so many people will laugh at him and root for his failures. It is because has hundreds of millions of dollars and was once adored in Cleveland. That turned out to not be enough for him and now Cleveland fans do not have to suffer the indignity of Lebron feeling justified that he the move paid off for him to win a championship. Many people will also root for him to become a headcase whose career ends abruptly and miserably. Just saying that some folks don;t care much a money compared when compared with loyalty.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Have you heard the saying, money can't buy happiness?
      Well that holds true here. We'll be successful in our lives, achieving our goals, and living happily, while LeFail is stuck with no rings and an ego the size of population of people that hate him. You think money to going to buy him a championship?

      June 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAISHI

      So now the value of a man is simply in his money?

      June 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not a Mavs Fan

      Sorry, but The Heat had this one coming. You obviously didn't read the above article or follow all the bravado and promises that James and Co. were making all season. I do NOT like Dallas (I'm from San Antonio) but I was hugely gratified that the Heat didn't get their win the "easy" way, as LeBron put it himself.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dorothy

      Money isn't everything. I am totally satisfied with my life, my job and the way I conduct myself everyday. I am thrilled that the Heat didn't win this particular year. What they do from here on out is irrelevant. Even if/when he does finally win a champtionship, deep down he'll know he didn't achieve it on his own. A chump, a sellout – not THE guy like he always wanted us Cavs fans to believe. Would Michael Jordan have played the way he did in this Finals series? Doubt it so stop with the comparisons. Clevelanders and Akronites have the right to laugh and revel in their failure after they way he treated this area of Ohio. There are plenty of people across the country that hate the Heat and what they stand for. Haven't you paid attention to the boos he received in other cities across the US? He didn't only play the Cavs, he played the Bulls, the Knicks and all the other teams he dragged to Cleveland under the pretense of being interested in going to their team. Grow up LeLoser and YOU get a life!

      June 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • seabass1

      All his money couldn't buy a championship now could it ? Sure he has money , but he doesn't have what he wants !!! Is this true happiness....I think not .

      June 13, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
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