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. sk ei

    It's not a race issue unless being a d0uche counts as a race.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. g chill

    I wanted Miami to win but they just didn't have the talent to match up against Dallas. I don't care how good of a player LeBron, D Wade and Bosu are. The Mavs defense was able to keep LeBron at bay and the rest of the team couldn't consistantly knock down shots But you have to give credit where it's due. Let's face it... the German is a bad dude. Dirk by far is a superior shooter than the Miami stars. His outside shot is something to see. Then add Jason Terry 's three point shooting and JJ Barea scoring... they were just too good this year. But next year Miami will be back to kick Dallas' butts. So Dallas here's to you "Champs of the World"

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

      They played Lebron and crew to hard, to long. Miami had three big centers the coach didn't use. Lebron was burnt out. Wade was beat up. Bosh was burn't out and outplayed. The other players just did not have the experience to deal with the Mavs. So experience beat Miami. Bosh just did not show up in this series. He was suspect throughout the season. Dirk just broke Bosh down with skill and tenacity. So there you have. AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT CLEVELAND HAD TO DO WITH IT. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU FINISHED LAST IN THE SEASON.

      June 16, 2011 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. joe

    Miami has universe quality looking women, Cleveland's women belong in the zoo

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

      If tranny's look quality to you my friend then have fun!

      June 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ryno

    whats the difference between Lebron and the planet saturn? saturn has rings hahaahahahaha. Lebron #fail

    June 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dallas_takes_no_prisoners

    David, are you serious? This will be the only win for a Dallas team? Try the Stanley Cup Dallas won in 1999 and the Dallas Cowboys won 5 Super Bowls and now the Mavericks! Thats a tri-fecta. Where are you from MY-AM-E. Dont Believe the dolphins one any with Marino, just Bob "Greasy" You stick with the suntan oil. I will stick to the oil on my ranch! LOL BYE

    June 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jack

    One person does no win it it s the team. i takes alot of energy to hate a man you don't know. No one has said anythng about Bibby lettting Barrera score 17 on game five, or has any one spoken on the fact that Bosh continues to take jump shots that he misses. The team made it to the finals, and the team lost. By the way, Cleveland needs to move on, it is really getting old

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

      I agree Jack. Lebron has taken heat due to the fact that the media has made him "the bad guy". Typical media BS from losers who get off at pointing the finger. Wade and Bosh should also feel the burden of this lost..

      June 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      funny things is, all the haters fail to recognize that the media called him King James, the media called him the 2nd coming of MJ, the media created "The Decision", the media created all of the spectacle...

      June 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • cmccormack5

      rob, lebron created the no means did he have to go out of his way to make an hour long special about where hes going. the media absolutely hyped it up, but lebron went along with it and took it too far

      June 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Think Deeper

      A good point from a commentor that the media has created a lot of this, e.g., "King James", second coming of MJ, the Decision, and to that point the "hate" from Cleveland. Just because the media has singled out a select few Clevelander's in a bar that are cheering when LeBron makes a mistake don't assume the entire city feels this way. I appreciate that LeBron can go to any team he wants to, the way he did it was the mistake. He too a dive in the playoffs last year and single-handly allowed the Cavs owner to mortgage the team for nothing because he [LeBron] knew all along that he was going to leave.

      June 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      ESPN created "The Decision"....if fans paid attention to other players like they do with LeBron, we'd end up with hour long charity shows every time a major player's contract expired. LeBron didn't bring the idea to the media, ESPN told him, "there is enough interest that we can make a show out of it"...and all of the proceeds went to charity....

      June 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • AlsoRob

      the hate is reprehensible, no doubt.. but as a Clevelander, its hard to look out at the sporting world that has Degraded us for well, ever, and sit and be the good soldier, put on a smile and support our native son.
      But, as a symptom of greater American Culture, It is perfectly acceptable to scorn and degrade the less fortunate, while continually apologizing and Insulating for the "Kings" when they lose..

      June 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gollum Troll

      Regarding the media puppeteers hyping up Lebron for ratings... This is all true, but Lebron still has "chosen one" on his back, unless he's secretly a green, 3 eyed alien toy from Toy Story he needs to check his ego a bit. Jordan had a huge marketing campaign behind him, but never acted like it. I like humility, and could care less about watching good guy vs bad guy having swordfight contests.. I quit watching most sports, because of all the egocentric antics.. I can't enjoy much music because there's so much me me me, money money, look how wonderful I am stuff in it. Pride comes before the fall and Lebron keeps falling, not because of everyone else, but because maybe he isn't as good as everyone tells him he is.

      June 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. joe

    the NBA and the US both need contraction. The US needs to go to 49 states, Ohio is not needed or wanted.

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

      we could give texas and arizona to would greatly improve the average scores in US schools...

      June 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • That Guy


      June 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gman

    My My My... It must feel good today for all u HATER's... Simply put he will still win more championships than the CAV's... No one will admit that it is not as easy as it my seem to win a championship in any leauge. But Labron should have known this was going to happen if he lost this time. I wonder how many writers would have been on his dick if he would have won... He will have the last laugh and i bet all u HATER's on that!!!!

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

      The gold jacket is Dirks, LaBron is gonna choke...

      June 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • RB

      "All u haters"? You sound like Bristol Palin. Do you dance like her too?

      June 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • pollster

      Gman, how about spelling your (non)hero's name correctly instead of being so smug. As for the rest, that's all just taunting and empty promises, the multiple championships, until he gets his first, and then his second, and and..

      June 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. LilyofDallas

    Most the people on here it seems cannot concentrate on anything else.....that goes for both cleveland and Miami fans. He moved and cleveland should get over, Miami heat lost last night so Miami fans should get over it. Maybe try getting a life. That might help you get over it. Although, I am having alot of fun at work watching every one bicker. My team won and Kidd, Dirk, Marion, and Terry and the rest of the mavs got a ring so I really do not care but it is funny!!

    June 13, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      season ended yesterday...its OVER....get over it and move on....

      June 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • LilyofDallas

      @ Rob ROFLMAO judging from all your most I should be saying that to you! Ps....I love feeding you Rob, your such a troll.

      June 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      it's not trolling to add a dash of reality to other people's delusions....

      June 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angelbreath

      LOL...I was thinking the same thing about Rob...he probably post...crys to his Lebron his head against the wall, and then post agains, and then cries again. Ironic trolls have nothing better to do.

      June 13, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • LilyofDallas

      Mwahhhhh @ Angel DO NOT FEED THE TROLL, I was doing it=)

      June 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • dragon1


      June 13, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marlon

      SHAUN MARION FINALLY SHOWED UP. I MEAN FINALLY!!!! HE COULDN'T DO IT AT PHOENIX. BUT HE FINALLY DID SOMETHING. When you are consider the best player in the world people are going to hate you win you lose. BUT HE DID MORE THAN WHAT CLEVELAND DID. THE NBA. ITS FANNNNNNNNNN – TASTIC!!!!!!

      June 16, 2011 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Marlon

      MIAMI VICE , MIAMI NICE. Wether Miami lost they still are rolling fat on the beaches with are the celebs. What are they doing in Cleveland – SINGING I YA MEET AT THE CROSSROADS! THUG HARMONYS! GOV KASICH IS PROBABLY THROWING GANG SIGNS TALKING ABOUT SOMEBODY DISRESPECTED OHIO'S COLORS. Dallas well they finally got a championship. You mean they finally got somebody like Shaun Marion to show up. Or did Dirk play his but off for probably his last season in the game.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. cash679

    It is sad that people write Lebron lost. The Miami Heat lost, not Lebron. Lebron had teammates. However, everyone is failing to realize/accept the truth – they did make it to the NBA Finals. Only two teams make it to the Finals. They won their Conference. A team had to lose, this time Dallas played better, thus, took home the victory.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      children bash on others to prop themselves up can't expect more from them....

      June 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      LeChoke lost! His team leaned on him and he fell over... LeChoke lost

      June 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      another t-ard eager to prove my point....thanks Tim

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

      Rob you're a joke! Go put your heat jersey on and think its cool. Loser!

      June 13, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • SaintStryfe

      Yes, the Heat Lost... because of Lebron. Had he shown up in the Fourth they'd not be eliminated. He was the single, direct and specific cause for 3/4 losses.

      June 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Azadex

    People can not deny Miami did a great job of getting to the playoffs considering the fact the team was just pieced together this season. Next year is going to be firey cause they would have achieved synergy and have learned from their mistakes.
    Lebron let stuff like this get into his head and in an effort to not be the villian, he played too much selflessly relying too much on his team when he was in fact the go to guy. Hopefully he know now he gotta put himself out there if he wants a ring badly.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marlon

      He really was an unselfish player. I seen that he was trying to get his teammates into the game but they just couldn't produce. Then he tried to take over the game in the 4th quarter. The coach did not put that game plan together right. Bosch should have sit for a while to regather himself. The coach did not play none of his big centers. So we have to still give them props. Miami got to the big game in the first year with a weak chemistry. Hopefully we can see something out of them next year.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. er

    dirk finally is a champ,well deserved!

    June 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MiamiWontEverWin

    cleveland has 2 of top 4 picks including number 1 with two freshman that could have came out of highschool like lebron and have alot to look forward too note* not cleveland fan

    June 13, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      I wouldn't be shocked to find players refusing to play for cleveland, drafted or not....

      June 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marlon

      Rob I would not be shocked neither. The Cleveland jinx is still real.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tim

    FACT- "Miami heat fans were punked by Dallas Fans" Mark Cuban... O and LeChoke left a city that cares about Sports and Basketball and could have given him the land of milk and honey if he won it ONCE! I don't think 2, 3 , 4 Championships in Miami would even compare to 1 in Cleveland... I know one day LeChoke will look back and realize how stupid his decisions actually were... You couldn't have scripted a better storyline of a home grown kid winning for his city in despair....Biggest mistake of your life leaving Cleveland LeChoke... They would have gotten you more help....

    June 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      that's because a championship in cleveland will continue to be as rare as unicorns....

      June 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Rob your re-comments are choking, kind of like your boy LeChoke

      June 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marlon

      Really Tim. THAT CLEVELAND AND OHIO JINX IS STEAL VERY REAAAAAAAAAAL!!!!! No matter who plays for an Ohio team the team will still suck. It took Lebron to help them get any recognition. Ohio always broke their own backs in the big game. THEY SHOULD HAVE GIVEN LEBRON WHAT HE WANTED – LIKE SOME REAL BACK UP PLAYERS. HE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE STAYED. THATS WHATS UP!

      June 16, 2011 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sumofmynieses

    You guys sound like jiltled lovers. Lebron honered his contact with Cleveland, you act like you owned him. That's cool if you chose to be glad that he lost but, it was cleveland who dubbed him King Jame James. Now because he choose to take his talents elsewhere you playhaters want to get vile about it. Your lack of support won't take a single dime out of hiis pockets. It's you jilted fans who miss your king that need a hero. And about hime bec+ing broke after retiring, I sincerly dout that. After all, since he was in high school he's been able to get money from all you Cleveland fans.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
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