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. 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.


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

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," quoted Avon, Ohio's, Nathan Obral as saying. "They could be a choking hazard."

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  1. jay

    LeBron will be back, Clevland will not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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


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

      Right! Maybe next time he will lose his 3 finals! Hahahaha

      June 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mjschriner

    I'm from Cleveland, he use to be!

    June 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The Royal Collective

    In order to be a champion, you must gain the experience of challenging champions in the NBA Finals. LeBron's choice to move to Miami only further allowed him to get the experience playing in the championship, even if he did fall short of a ring. An experience that Cleveland would of never allowed LeBron to have.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • G.A.

      Well said my friend...well said.

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

      He played in the championships in Cleveland.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • cog in the wheel

      He played in the finals at Cleveland, so this is the second "lesson" he's received.

      June 13, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • kteemusic

      Yeah he did play in the finals in Cleveland but it wasnt the same he was the only soul on that team he carried them there by hisself look what he did to detroit that year wasnt the same no one expected a win against the spurs...this year was different it was a true testament so the poster is right ...jordan had to struggle for years before he realized ...hey if I pass I win

      June 15, 2011 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. er

    btw,miami doesn't suck,their actually pretty good,might be a problem next i am not a fan of miami

    June 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ghost

    Very Expensive Great Team and lost a game. Got beaten by two talented players.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JM

    Hey may have more money, but we have more pride, friends, family, and happiness. We also have an untarnished legacy, and class – all things that are much more important than a lot of money. Oh, and he'll likely blow all that money and file bankruptcy shortly after his retirement.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. G.A.

    I just don't get all the hate-we are LeBron fans and always will be. Where are the days of standing behind a favorite player and understanding. Every sports person uses confidence boosting in their thoughts and in actions to let the universe know that they believe they can win. EVERY sports person and a lot of us not is sports do this....let him believe so he can achieve. WE have your back at our house LeBron. The sports channels just say crap to out do each other so THEY can be talked about-it really has nothing to even do with the games half the time-just their egos-yeah, you guys are bad dudes-you can talk smack.....who cares. Does anyone want to give the team credit for where they did get to? I do-WAY TO GO HEAT ! We are proud of you. ***also, who paid the ref's anyway...missed calls were ridiculous.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • frmrma

      As a fan of my team, I stand by and root for my team, not a player. If my team's favorite player left for another team (especially in the narcissistic way that James did), I most certainly would not root for him.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • G.A.

      I never said I wasn't behind the team at all-you just projected that. This article is slamming LeBron-I was standing up for LeBron. We love the team and LeBron....and always will.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tiffany

    Keep your head up'll get it next year!

    June 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Willy Joe

    Asa clevelander I wrote a personal message to lebron enjoy

    June 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      good for you....why should anyone else care?

      June 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Not a Mavs Fan

    Next year, the Heat "3" will only be a year older. LeBron looked really old out there this last series. This should end all comparisons with Michael Jordan. Jordan, unlike LBJ, never quit, gave all he had and moreso, and lifted his team and teammates to a higher level, every year (aside from those ridiculous White Sox years). The Heat don't have the class, the work ethic, or the teamwork of a champion. Maybe they can do that next year. Stranger things have happened. But, it didn't happen this year, and the Bulls will be a much better team next year, and they're REALLY YOUNG!!!

    June 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Aaron

    At least Lebron with the Heat actually has a chance of winning the championship in the future. Cleveland doesn't even have that chance.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ghost

      Zero precent a chance of winning championship. Why?!?! Because his reputation has torn apart.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. linda

    Try calling Lebron Linda to his face, see how bad you are then!!

    June 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • smeal

      I would say that to his face and more, not afraid of him at all, in fact he would probably run to his little butt buddy dwane, thats right dwane, then the both of them run to the crybaby bosh, then I could make them all cry as A TEAM.

      June 13, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Zack

    It's been one season. He made it there in one season(the finals). He didn't promise a ring the first season in Miami, so why is everyone treatying it as he has been the one decade. Let me say it again. ONE SEASON.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hahalol

    wow, people in Cleveland need to get a life.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zack


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

      Honey, it's Cleveland. What else is there to do?

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

      suicide? they could give it a try.....

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

      How sweet it is

      June 13, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • phry from ohio

      so let me get this straight... because people in ohio like to watch basketball , we don't have a life? obviously no logic from you but the reason we dont like lebron is because he's a liar and a sell out,, so if you like him.. thats your problem not mine.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatsupdok

      The best team won. Next question.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Biochemist

      Um, we've got the Cleveland Clinic. We've got lives and a lot of them are pretty darn good.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      no, it has more to do with the fact that you all in ohio have NOTHING in your lives but to complain about a guy that chose to find employment elsewhere.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Biochemist

      Rob, it's quite funny you judge a city and the entire population by its sports. You have no idea what Ohio is, clearly...

      June 13, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rochelle

      I think what they mean is we (here in Miami) have other things to be happy about....OTHER than Basketball. Sorry, LJ is on the beach enjoying his right decision to come here & he can hit any of our restaurant/beach/super club/theatre to cope with this loss. What would he have after the playoff's there....welll...just Cleveland

      June 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg Kells

      Most of us could care less. The media is telling you about a few die hard haters that were likely hanging out at some tool bar like Panini's in Westlake. I'm sure your city has it's share of meatheads. I watched part of the first half, and just found out the final results in this article. Personally I'm glad Lebron is gone so I don't have to hear about him all the time. He was good for downtown business, but we have a Casino going up, and plenty more than some ego maniac to occupy ourselves.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      I also judge the city by the comments ret-ards from cleveland post.....

      June 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Biochemist

      Rob, you seem to be the only one making ignorant comments. Really, have you taken statistics? To base an opinion of Cleveland off of a few diehards and comments is just incredibly blockheaded. I'm sorry your life sucks so much.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Offended

      Your language is offense to all with mental retardation and who have a loved one afflicted with the genetic disease

      June 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Rob you are just like LeChoke. A loser.

      June 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Geez

    Obama taught James his best move and last night Lebron used it. Its call the "Voting Present".

    June 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • shawn


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

      Geez. You are such a dork! Really???

      June 13, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
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