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. Ed in Coralville

    Cavs, get over it! You only show your weaknesses by "laughing at LeBron." Just grow up and win the NBA Finals. That would be a better laugh.

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

      that would be delusion....

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

      If you don't live in Cleveland, your opinion means nothing.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ghost

    I wish BLACKS, WHITES, HISPANICS, AND ASIANS would succeed in Recession. Everything is failing apart. The time, money, people's dreams, and everything in life. The Maverick fans wanted to see the next michael jordan in Miami heat and failed to pick up - the next generation hype - and Maverick won championship. What does this mean? It means there is no next Michael Jordan in CLEVELAND. The next Michael Jordan is vanished. Miami doesn't have ring. The reputation of LeBron James is ruined. This means NBA will start losing ratings like dodgers baseball game seats.

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

      What in the world are you talking about?

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

      I'm talking about LOST GENERATION!!!

      June 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Yougo Mavs

    Extremly happy that Mavs won. Heat deserved it....LOSERS !

    June 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Charles

    Perhaps Lebron James should now be call 75cent. After all, he does only play hard for three quarters wjem it really matters!!!!

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

      what's up with people telling 2nd grade jokes that were old last week?

      June 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      Good material never dies!!!!

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

    Why do people hate? Because they want to make themselves feel important and to feel superior. How pathetic.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      It' not hate. Most people call it a justified response to unmitogated arrogance!!!!

      June 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. linda pennington

    cleveland is such a sorry dirty pathetic little town. .Grow up Lebron made a choice, his life, his way, his time!! Get over it he is such a talent, and I am sooooooo glad he left your sorry city. How does it feel to see all those empty seats since he left? You all talk about you don't need him, rewind I think you have it wrong HE IS THE ONE THAT DOES NOT NEED YOU SORRY CLEVELAND FANS. Sun, Sand, Ocean, and Lebron smiling all the way to the bank, he still has time to get that ring–don't hate the player hate the game.

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

      Lebron, why are you calling yourself Linda?

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

      you think it's LeBron because of the accuracy of the comment, right? only someone from cleveland could know just how dirty it really is

      June 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • seabass1

      The Mav's won !! Congrat's guys !!!!! Dirty , Pathetic little City......Wow you are REALLY smart !!!!!

      June 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. J

    The saltiness of Cleveland fans is only eclipsed by the terrible record of their pathetic basketball team. Envy is a stinky cologne my friend, and you can say whatever you want about how he did it, but LeBron is easily top 2 (if not the best) basketball players in the world and in his very first season away from the Cavs he reaches the Finals. Sure they may have not won it this year, but the reality is that every year he, Wade, and even Bosh are on the same team they have a chance to win the Finals. Something he sure as hell wasn't going to do in Cleveland. How about we give the Mavs and Dirk the credit they deserve for beating a great Heat team and start talking about this as a Dallas win, not a Miami loss.

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

    Heat=Shizer

    June 13, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mistake on the Lake

    Cleveland can laugh all they want; they still live in Cleveland.

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

      Man , did you come up with: "Mistake on the lake " all by yourself ? Wow , what a great name , almost like it's been around for , say , 30 years ????? What a great mind at work here . You should have just called yourself "I'm An Idiot" and get to the point !!!! HAHAHA

      June 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      what are you laughing at? nothing in your comment had ANY humor to it at all....

      June 13, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • seabass1

      Was I supposed to make you laugh ? I was laughing at the idiots crack at Cleveland , But YOUR comment was funny........................

      June 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mistake on the Lake

      I can understand why "seabass1" is upset. Must be annoying constantly having to defend your Mistake-on-the-Lake city. Don't take it too personally, I wasn't criticizing you, just that horrible city that is Cleveland. And I know how old the saying is, but it still sums up the city perfectly.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • seabass1

      To "Mistake on the lake" , I don't live "in" Cleveland per say , but about 40 miles south . I had some friends from Florida who always called it the mistake on the lake , till they came up here last year , we spent 2 days in and around Cleveland having a great time . When they left they said "we will never call Cleveland , mistake on the lake " again . They loved it . It's an old moniker that no longer applies . I'm not upset either , I know otherwise , You should check it out .

      June 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mistake on the Lake

      seabass1: I would not make a comment on something I know nothing about. I have been to Cleveland tens of times and have traveled to most major cities of the U.S. for business. I have been to 47 of the 50 states, from most large cities to small towns like Salina, KS and Sistersville, WV. I've been all over everywhere. Cleveland = Mistake on the Lake. Again, I'm sure you're nice. Cleveland isn't.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • seabass1

      See....I knew we had something in common !! I too , have traveled North and South America for business . I have been to a few less states than you , only 45 , but have seen some real nice cities , Kalispell , MT , Salinas , KS was nice , I agree , Kenosha , WI , nice . But man , have been to some Toilets as well . Sao Paulo , Brasil , yuck . Caracas , Venezuela , you need to carry an UZI , just to eat at a reataurant . Cleveland may not be the most beautiful city , but has some of the best destinaions (things to do) , I have found , Maybe next to San Antonio , TX . Ever been to the Great Lakes Brewing Co ?

      June 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kevin Aziz

    LeBron James and the rest of the Miami Heat will be NBA champs one day. It hasn't even been a year yet since Miami recruited him. Give the team a chance! It shows what great talent they really are to have made into the finals and the championship game. Don't count King James out yet - I have a feeling his name will be selling a hell of alot of Nike tennis shoes in the future!

    June 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      Major correction: Miami did not recruit Lebron James. He merely fell into their lap after James, Bosh, amd Wade got together and conspired to play together in Miami. When the owners get together and do such things it is called collusion. When the playes do the SAME thing it is called a good decision. Why the difference????

      June 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Greer

    Doesn't a large ego go hand in hand with being a star athelete in ANY SPORT??? Labron moved on from Cleveland...I think it is time for Cleveland to move from Labron. Basketball is a BUSINESS....players get traded by owners all the time and I doubt whether the owners care much about the players feelings....Bitterness, laughing at failures and wishing for humility on someone that wanted something better for himself???? GET OVER IT PEOPLE!!!!! NOW IT IS JUST SAD AND PATHETIC. The HEAT may have lost...but they are not LOOSERS. The people in Cleveland....Winning????!!!!...Duh

    June 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pegasus

      Nice statement from someone who can't even spell LOSERS correctly. LOL

      June 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rob

    I really did not care about either team BUT I wanted Miami Heat to win just because of how obnoxious Cleveland has been.

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

    Really Cleveland!. He COMPLETED his contract (Read it SLOWLY) Do you understand the words that I am writing.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. alex

    WHY IS LABRON JAMES THE ONLY THING I SEE?? He did not win!! Okay?? This is a shame that this one person gets all the attention and he's a loser. Why aren't there pic among pic of the CAVS? HELLO, THEY WON? Just like stupid CNN, ESPN, FOX, take a perfectly good story and ruin it. One more time, Dallas WON, hello??

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

      Why is Cleveland laughing? They've been out for 2 months.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DLPM

    Like it or not, I think that Lebron brought it on himself. Yes, he has a lot of money, but still no ring–and he will not be measured by his money.

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

      when he leaves his mansion, and gets into his Bentley to go out and have fun while you are carting your sorry @$$ off to work, I don't think he cares how you will measure him....

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

      He doesn't act like he doesn't care, he tries too but he cares and it shows.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • MiamiWontEverWin

      All i have to say is lebron could have been know as the next great thing still had alot of time to do it but threw that all down the drain goin to miami to sux on wade and bosh's balls they all take pay cuts in b ball make a all star team they dont got no centre or power fowards playin with 4 sgs out their and dallas shows hard work pays off where guys have played all their lives for this without leaving their teams threw their nba duration kobe will be back nxt yr and cp and dwight howard will prolly land somewhere nxt yr and the heat wont be able to do n e thing haha this is commin from neither dallas miami or cleveland fan

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

      It is not how you or I measure him...it is how those that ultimately vote whether or not he will be in the Hall of Fame. Rings equal Hall of Fame. Not sure you can say that about money.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      LeBron'll be broke 5 years after leaving the NBA.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
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