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. Willy Joe

    Lebron mocked a man wlike Dirk who gets everything he can out of his talent

    June 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob's Dad

      *cough cough* Maybe LeBron did catch a cold!

      But it seems like LeMouth opens early, never finishes and is all talk.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rochelle

    Sorry Cleveland....we still want to have him in Miami (your weather is crappy anyway). I'm sure he'll get over the loss using our beautiful weather & city to cope.

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

      Miami weather is miserable, summer in Miami feels like swimming in hot urine. I've lived all over the country, and am proud to be keeping my talents right here in Cleveland.

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

      @Greg – So keep your no winning talents in Cleveland. Lebron is still welcomed here in Miami. Try wining a championship. Then we can talk.

      June 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Syndrome Zed

    If you think the LeBron hate is about race, you're the racist one. It wouldn't matter if LeBron was a Klingon or Minbari or Jabba the Hutt – anytime someone acts like an egomaniacal !$#^bag, a lot of people are going to hate him/her/it. Then when (or if) the narcissist gets publicly humiliated, especially when that humiliation comes directly attached to what the narcissist was bragging about in the first place, there's a cathartic rush of satisfaction. And I, frankly, feel quite satisfied right now.

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

      All you Lebron haters get a life. He has a right like any of you to work where he chooses to. Why does it have to be a problem that he chose to work in Miami. Stop whinning because he refuses to make you happy by not playing for cleveland. stop behaving like he is a slave

      June 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Think Deeper

      It isn't about where he is working. That's stupid. It's about how he sabotaged the playoffs last year to ensure the Cavs would lose (e.g., elbow and not showing up in game 3), conspiring to leave and lying about it, and the way he left Cleveland (i.e., "the Decision" and leaving the team in shambles). He back-stabbed his Cavs teammates, talk to Mo and Shaq and back-stabbed the owner as he left. He was a coward – if he wanted to leave he should have just been honest about it and left.

      June 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arth

      Don't be shallow minded and talk about thinking deep. The primary crux of this matter is work. Come again.... acting like a baby... mad because Lebron refuses to make you happy

      June 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Think Deeper

      Obviously you can't read, as well as think. You are obviously projecting your own problems onto my comment and didn't read what I wrote. Again, it isn't about where LeBron went, it's the way the decision was made and how he went about executing this plan. I should have known your simple mind couldn't grasp the complexity of this concept. It's ok though – the majority of Americans are really stupid.

      June 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arth

      Do you have issues identifying what is complex? Obviously for your level it looks complex... I understand though you might be under-educated ....

      June 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • jasper

      how was he dishonest?

      June 13, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • kteemusic

      OK, once again this same tired digusting stupid argument about what another man chose to do.....this guy can do anything that he please the real truth is this ....LeBron James is cleveland's are really mad because he brought business to there crappy lil they want to sit around and laugh the only one's laughing is real basketball fans that realize man this guy was 2 wins from a ring without cleveland but cleveland without him set a consecutive loss record....he proved his point screw the cavs

      June 15, 2011 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Marlon

      Okay! Who really cares about how he left Cleveland. He's a man who is in a business. They trade, wheel and deal all the time. Lebron put seven hard years in getting Cleveland to a world championship. Cleveland put all those scrub players around him and he still got you into the big game. Now you Ohioans whine about Lebron doing you wrong. Then that crab Gov. you got had the audacity to claim Dallas Mavericks fans as fellow Ohioans. What a load of bull. Ohio has treated their pro athletes like crap for years then expect somebody to fill sorry for them. And you haven't had any real players like Lebron since Craig Ehlo and Brad Daughtery. So 1-800-Waaaaah.

      June 16, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
    • nfcbear54

      Arth....Labron has it coming...he made a spectacle out of leaving Cleveland and how many championships he was going to win. Don't worry...all of that money he has will heal his pain, he practically said it himself.

      June 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • ctbeckyw

      LeBron was the one who dumped all over Cleveland. It was never about the fact he left Cleveland for Miami. I was the WAY he left that ticked people off. Any wrath he got/gets was all self-inflicted.

      June 13, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • rcmclc1

      True, but he's only in his 20's. I blame his manager, agent, publicist, the network and the press who all made a ton of $$$$ off "the decision." Afterall they hyped it for weeks, had NBA fans chattering online and tuning in to watch. They are as much responsible as LBJ the individual is, maybe more given that most have more experieince.

      June 13, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • KansasGirl

      Typical lib, blaming anyone but him. Sounds like a weiner roast. Cleveland won, he's having to swallow, hard.

      June 13, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Cleveland won what? Lebron had a great year. Cleveland had what kind of year?

      June 13, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ahhhh miami!!!!!!

      and if he had such a great year, why do you feel the need to defend him? face it miami, you got stuck with a lemon. cleveland had a great season too.... 2 years in a row best regular season record in NBA, then started out great in the playoffs only to flame out. does that sound at all familiar??????

      June 13, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • cog in the wheel

      Heh, you are right, of course. Everyone has the right to work where they want, and lots of superstars have left one org to move on to "greener pastures." I can only think of one player who produced 1-hour reality show about making that move, though. A guy who seemed intent on rubbing salt in the wound of the fans and town he left. Maybe that dude has learned some humility? We'll see.

      June 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • HandfulOfPeter

      Because you haven't been following along, it not "that he left" it "how he left".

      June 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      LeChoke = Failure! He is an example for all on what NOT to do! Kid's a joke and overrated. Go Dirk and the Mavs! Loving that the for next year people have to defend a loser like LeChoke.

      June 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • vido


      June 15, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Chemist

      The problem isn't where he went, it's how he left and the egomaniacal show boating he did with Wade and Bosch. It's like a guy at a bar bragging and yelling about how good a fighter he is...only to get his butt kicked by a 70 yr old woman with a Manhatten in her hand.

      June 13, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • always a Lebron Fan

      Dude can you use spellcheck before posting anymore comments? Just saying.............

      June 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Labron Teabagger

      It's not anymore, it's any more. . .

      June 13, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • an9nymouse

      F'in beautiful analogy!!

      June 13, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tina

      It isn't a fact of Lebron leaving, it is HOW he left, the phrase "Never burn bridges" applies here. That is all, anyone who takes it beyond that really has issues, I agree with you.

      June 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • smeal

      I have a GREAT life and it got even greater when lebum choked. lechoke could NEVER make me happy, miss james can stay in miami for all i care, cause that is where arrogant so-called basketball pros BELONG.

      June 13, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • nathaniel lindsey

      I agree Lebron has the right to play any place of his chosing. It is hard to understand why someone in cleveland can be so occupied by an athletic event, when there are other positive needs in that city. What about good schools, poverty in the city. Lack of jobs, just to name a few.

      June 14, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Henry Tudor

      All you Lebron lovers need to get a life. I have a right, like any of you, to criticize any pro athlete I deem fit for criticism. Why does it have to be a problem that I dislike Lebron? Stop whining because we refuse to make you happy by refusing to root for Miami or for Lebron. Stop ordering me around and treating me like you slave.

      June 15, 2011 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
    • konman3rd

      best post ever...jabba the

      June 13, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve


      June 14, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. KJB

    It's not just about Cleveland, it's about ego. It's about going on National TV to tell everyone what you are doing when other players just made their choices without such fanfare. It's about sitting on TV talking about how many championships you are going to get. And really, more than anything, it's about the game of basketball being a team sports or a sport that can be dominated by a few individuals. Outside Miami, the whole NBA audience didn't want the Heat to win, because it would have been bad for the NBA. It would tell owners that they just need to form power teams of three good players and scrap the rest because that's what wins games. Well, it doesn't. The whole Miami crew were wrong. I feel bad for Z since he didn't get his ring. There's a guy that also left Cleveland, did it with style, and nobody hates him for it.

    Thank God Miami lost. Maybe they'll win it next year, maybe they won't. But it's better for basketball, and not just Cleveland, that they didn't win it this year.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • wetpaperbag2

      I will agree that this is also about LeBron learning his most valuable lesson...Hubris. Most everyone won't remember that it was just a matter of Dallas matching up better than Miami. Most everyone will forget that Shaun Marion played out-of-his-mind defense in this series. Most everyone will forget the above excellent shooting from beyond the arc by Dallas. Most everyone will forget how great Dallas' defense was in this series.

      Sadly, all folks will remember is how "LeBron failed.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Thomas

    I understand the frustrations of the Cleveland fans. I wouldn't have done that, but I do understand their frustrations. LeBron will learn from this and will get his rings and everyone will move they should.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe

    Ha ha! Suck it LeBron!

    June 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Not a Mavs Fan

    ...and you have my pity.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. GySgt Davis

    what the diff between my grandma and Lebron?

    tshe has more rings on her fingers.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • BC


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

      Well gunny grandma didn't make millions thats the difference. Hoo-ray. USMC.

      June 16, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tim

    Dirk = 13 seasons with the same team and an NBA championship = RESPECT!

    June 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • wetpaperbag2

      13 years with the same team does not equal respect. Dirk could have easily ended up like Kevin Garnet; having spent nearly his entire career with Minnesota and not sniffing a ring until he left for Boston. LeBron was in that same category while in Cleveland. He toiled and got nothing to show for it. True, he COULD have stayed in Cleveland and the GM COULD have given him a Wade or Derrick Rose type player to compliment him. However, LeBron chose to go the Garnet route to better his chances at getting a ring because he later realized that Cleveland will do NOTHING...never had, never will! And remember, the only reason why Cleveland got James in the first place was because they were the worst team in the league heading into that year's draft.

      Eventually, LeBron will get his ring...and it will CERTAINLY be before Cleveland ever wins one...THAT'S for sure!

      June 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. joe

    Ohio State football was the best thing Ohio had. Now with that completely destroyed I think we should sell Ohio to Canada for about 50 cents

    June 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      canada wouldn't take ohio even if WE paid THEM!

      June 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      What State would be the most important when it comes to the presidency then? GULP!

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

      50 cents? Why thats the same amount your mom charged to suck a d##k!!!! we can send HER to Canada and like Ginger Ale she can suck Canada Dry!

      June 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • SaintStryfe

      Actually Tim, the most important is Virginia – 8 to Ohio's 7 – After that is NY and Mass with 4 each.

      June 13, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. wetpaperbag2

    When LeBron was in Cleveland, neither the GM nor the Owner gave LeBron ANY help. The best the Cleveland ownership group provided for James was an OLD and often injured Shaq. The most effective player second to James was ROLE PLAYER Verejao! Also, let's not forget that James RE-SIGNED with Cleveland the first time, despite the rest of the team's talent NEVER improving.

    Fans of Cleveland, the GM and Owner ALL act like LeBron owes them something, when in fact, it is that ownership group that owes LeBron a big fat "We're Sorry! We're sorry for never giving you weapons. We're sorry for not getting a better coach. We're sorry for not building A TEAM to compete in the Eastern Conference like how Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Toronto, Milwaukee, and Miami all had done. We're just plain sorry"

    June 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob's Dad

      LeBron got what LeBron asked for when he was in Cleveland. The Cav's made their decisions while he was with the team based on ONE THING...what LeBron wanted. The reason why 'LeBron didnt get any help' was because he didnt win and it was a 'good excuse'. Now we need a new excuse...

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

      We are sorry! We are sorry we even took LeChoke in the draft! He's done nothing!

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

      @wetpaperbag2: Are you a moron? They had top seed in the east for a couple seasons.. They did more than compete. The problem was building the team FOR Lebron. When a team plays solid D against him the rest of the team needs to step up. Granted the players were not that good, but they still made it to the NBA finals. I usually stuck up for lebron until I found out he had "chosen one" tattooed on his back.. Really? The savior of humanity is going to rescue us by handing out bacterial infections of the urethra? Lol

      June 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • BC

      Cmon now....Once again LeBron showed us that it takes a TEAM effort to win championships. Thats the problem with LeBron..its all about me!!! Cleveland could have one a championship if they were a team when LeBron played for them..instead he sold them out to try and take the easy road for a championship and look what happened. I like Miami but I dont care for the circus show.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • wetpaperbag2

      @GollumTroll(Name befitting): The first thing a moron does is stoop to a low level and name-call. Since I didn't call anyone outside of their names, I guess the shoe fits you.

      Anywho...Sure, Cleveland gained a top seed while LeBron was with them and James posted big numbers too, but how many times did the rest of the starters CONSISTENTLY put up big numbers? Where was the rest of the team in the conference finals? LeBron did HIS part for SEVEN YEARS in Cleveland.

      1. What has Cleveland done in it's franchises various histories?
      2. 2010-2011 has been labeled the "rebuilding era." Other than getting LeBron in 2003, they hadn't done much "building" during James' seven years...what makes anyone think they will build anything now?
      3. LeBron didn't make personnel decisions. In fact, I wish he did. Maybe Cleveland might have won something by now. Instead, your lousy GM has the personnel genius of a slug drunk on beer (actually a drunk slug is more entertaining).

      June 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marlon


      June 16, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. joe

    With Lebron and Tressell humiliating the state of Ohio within twelve months, is it possible for an entire state to commit suicide?

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

      we can hope

      June 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • biggal195

      No. I think it's much more likely that they'll play a very large role in determining the next presidential election. Sorry. Folks like you will just have to suck it up.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marlon

      Ohio humiliated themselves. First they tried to buy the NBA championship then the NCAA football championship. So JOE think about who humiliated who. The WORD should be if your FROM OHIO GO PLAY FOR A TEAM OUT OF STATE – OUT OF OHIO.

      June 16, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. Stephen

    Man, their and the ownership's collective reaction to LeBron leaving has shown them to be every bit as classless as they accuse LeBron of being. I bet in 15 years they are still talking about it, because they are completely inept. He and the Heat came within 2 games of winning a championship, what did the Cavs win? 15 games all year? And furthermore, as fickle and win-now as professional sports teams are toward their players, no one in his or her right mind could see what LeBron did as being a "traitor."

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

      I bet they whine about it longer than Ray Lewis, Bart Scott, and Terrell Suggs whine about the Hines Ward took them 4 years to stop complaining about that....

      June 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • BC

      yEA but LeBron proved he sucks!!!

      June 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nel Macreen

    LeBron James was just traded to the Florida Panthers. He should be wildly successful, since in the NHL, there are only 3 periods.

    Why did LeBron James get an automatic transmission in his Lamborghini? He's not good in the clutch.

    The new movie called "the fourth" will star LeBron James as the invisible man.

    Why didn't LeBron James go to college? Because he can't pass the finals.

    What does LeBron James have in common with a fabric store? Neither carries any hardware.

    Tomorrow is Lebron James day, everyone gets to leave work 12 minutes early.

    Apple is coming out with a LeBron James iPhone. But it only vibrates because it has no rings.

    Why does LeBron only get served boneless buffalo wings? Because he has a tendency to choke.

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

      Nel how do you know. Ohio like most states uses their athletes for pennies on the dollar. Next they berate them win they do good or bad. You denounce the man like he was a scrub. And if he played for Ohio State Ohioans would be fined by the NCAA and put on probation. SEEMS LIKE FLORIDA ALWAYS GETS THE GOODS ON OHIO. 2 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS BCK TO BACK. MIAMI FOOTBALL WHO WERE THE BAD BOYS OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL. EVEN IF YOU BROKE A MAN'S LEG TO WIN THE ROSE BOWL. DIRTY LOSERS. DIRTY WINNERS.

      June 16, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. joe

    I say we give half of Ohio to Indiana and the other half to Pennsylvania, and forget the state ever existed

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

      DUDE! What did Indiana and Pennsylvania ever do to you?

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

      That would improve those states and then they could get out of Ohio's shadow

      June 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
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