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. pianoman Drex

    Now this had to happen for jason kidd. Now let's retire and go be with the kids. Congrats JASON

    June 13, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Robert

    Yeah Cleveland when are you going to quit crying over loseing LeBron. Can you blame him. The Cavs suck . Miami mde t to the finals. How did the Cavs end up this year? Lol bunch of cry babies.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Moose Knuckle

      Put the doobie and purple drank down, and step away from the computer.

      June 13, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Mavaliers

      Remember the karma tweet? Remember when he quit in the playoffs last year? The Cryami Meat got what they needed most...... A supposed super star that can't deal with pressure (not to mention perennial scapegoat when they keep failing time and again down the road).
      As two of the most classless athletes in most recent memory, I now understand why he and dfade were coughing on the sidelines! They were letting the world know they were getting ready to choke!!!!!!!!!!! You wanted him, Cryami, you got him, and you keep him. Good Riddance.

      June 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. keith

    The king got what he deserved a loss. True champs stuck it out Dr.J, Larry bird, magic,jordan, David Robson Akeem and the list goes on. NOW while him and D.Wade, are thinking about how Derk's, enjoying the moment. THEY will remember the trash they talked before practice about Derk, lol.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tyree

    I would have been rooting for Miami if Lebron wasn't on the team however I was disappointed with Wade's effort last night. He looked like a desperate wounded lion.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. Robert

    Congrats to the Mavs. The better team won

    June 13, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. John Doe

    Grown-ups acting in the exact opposite manner which we teach our children to act when it comes to sports. Ridiculous.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. Observer

    LeBron James is no longer a kid. You can't bail him out because he's young anymore. He's not a rookie either. He's had positive influences around him and available to him and he still chooses to be the way he is. If you're still a LeBron fan, just stop because there's absolutely no defending him. Talented? Extremely. Athletic? A man among boys. Versatile? More so than many other NBA greats. Champion? No. Clutch player? No. Winner? No.
    Since he was in junior high he has been hailed as he second coming of Michael Jordan, or even more! He's been coddled and had his ego inflated ever since those days and so that's "normal" to him. Why did he make a spectacle of his move to Miami, perhaps the most pretentious and self-absorbed sideshow in the history of sports? Because he thought everyone SHOULD watch and SHOULD care. He thinks his existence is that important to all of us. Nobody has ever told him otherwise. Look at how he played to the camera to mock Dirk's illness, and how his post-game comments were nothing but poorly masked resentment toward anti-LeBron fans (most everyone at this point). Mentally he is like a child, do you need any more proof? He talks trash like an ignorant junior high student when he's off the court, and when he's on the court he runs from the big moments like a scared little girl. 4th quarter points in the series for Dirk = 62..... Wade + LeBron = 62. Hmmmmm..... still think he's the "King"?

    June 13, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • I agree

      You could not have said it better Observer...and this is from a former Lebron fan...he is the worst, biggest disappointment ever!!

      June 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lydia

      WELL SAID!!!! Nobody cares that he moved in his free agency... It's HOW he did it. He makes a spectacle of his self at every turn...Celebrating his victory at the beginning of the season... Where is it? Fell short again didn't you? Congrats to the team with class.

      June 13, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anon

    So glad that after he made an ass out of himself on TV in a spectacle that has never been done before ( I mean who really needs a hour long TV special to tell people that they are going to a different team) and then choke in the finals, and this time he can't blame it on his teammates. Besides we have Josh Cribbs, Colt McCoy, and Patton Hillis 3 hard working players who we love, and who are great for the city and our team. Now also congratulations to Dallas for winning their first franchise championship. Jason Kidd deserves to finally wear a ring, as does the rest of the team.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Do you honestly think ESPN said, "Hey we can do a half hour special" and then LeBron said "not unless it's an hour"? The MEDIA created "The Decision" because EVERYONE pays attention to LeBron....people that don't even watch the NBA pay attention to what is happening with LeBron...but let's not pretend that the media had no impact on the way everything came off...the media supplied what the audience demanded with their constant attention to a single player.

      June 13, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      Yes the media can shape whatever story they want, but they don't have to with LeBron. The video of him and Wade mocking him coughing was not caught by some random fan on their phone. They were playing to a TV camera crew, it was a performance! The media need NO help to demonize LeBron because he demonizes himself better than the media ever could! LeBron CHOSE to mock another NBA superstar (one with a great rep) with a TV crew present, and then after his team lost, during a NATIONAL PRESS CONFERENCE he chooses to remind all the people that rooted against him that today we have to go back to our crappy "normal people" lives with all our personal problems and he gets to live the way he lives, which I guess means owning a ridiculous McMansion, driving ridiculous cars, and hanging out on South Beach. Yes the media was undoubtedly looking and hoping for a story, but LeBron is always ready with something antagonistic or incredibly ignorant to say. He made his own bed with this one, and he has to deal with it. Don't blame the media.

      June 13, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • I agree

      Right again Observer...u hit the nail on the head again....I wish you were playing instead of Lebron..lol

      June 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lolfans

    The fans can laugh all they want, the guy makes more money then they can hope to ever see.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • teresa, snO-hio

      lolfans: money is NOT the measure of man... ya he eats better, has more expensive stuff.... but money isnt the measure.

      June 13, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      Its true maybe if all the money and glamour and self-engrandisement didn't matter so much to LeBron and Wade they might have won. They probably are laughing, because they obviously couldn't take the NBA Finals seriously either. To some players, championships and legacy matters. LeBron will earn his millions, and to someone as juvenile and clueless as him, that probably will be enough, so don't expect any better performances on the court. Substance beats style, every time.

      June 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • smeal

      It is not about money, It is about professionalism, sportsmanship,and team play. If it were about money then your no better than those so-called pros in miami.

      June 13, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. envelopepush

    Did Cleveland have a good laugh at their own team this year? I mean that was way funnier. Oh, gotta love Christians.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Moose Knuckle

      You are too dumb to be on the internet,

      June 13, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. teresa, snO-hio

    I never really cared for LeBron even when he played here in Ohio. I thought he was braggy, whiney, and over rated. People thought he was this great ball player but what he WAS/ IS good at is BACKYARD and SCHOOLYARD basketball.
    Last night before he made the 3 pointers that he made he was doing some fancy dribbling that is done in ones backyard/ driveway. LeBron doesnt know how to play PROFESSIONAL basketball.

    Why the Heat didnt win ( though they were close many times) was because there are too many Chiefs on that team. Is our leader LeBron? Is it Dwyane? What is each of their positions on the team? Who is the best? Can there be two bests? NO to all of those. No one knew what was going on. And the DRAMATIC sheet that LeBrat does is silliness.

    On a final note: I believe LEBRON purposely played bad. We wont know why for a short time. he threw the games.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • lolfans

      money is everything. welcome to life. At the end of the day, he can buy anything. The little duck pond across my street, to anyone or anything. everything has its price.

      June 13, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      Its true money can buy everything, oh right except an NBA Championship, that he'll have to earn.

      June 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Casey Case

    As one person already stated a drowning is an accident. If Caylee did drown why was it necessary to cover her mouth with duct tape? It was interesting to hear on Friday from the woman who called to report the car needing to be towed. When asked if she looked into the car when she was getting the license number what she saw in the car. Her reply was she saw some clothes, etc. and the last thing she named was a blanket. Pictures where shown of what contents were in the front and back seat of the car. Everything was in the car, however, the blanket wasn’t ,perhaps it was on the floor and couldn’t be seen on camera. If I remember correctly Caylee was either wrapped in a blanket or it was found in the bag with her body. Casey Anthony did not show or express any emotions about her daughter being lost or when found dead. She has told so many lies how can anyone believe anything she says. On top of her killing her daughter she is putting the blame on her father. Caylee did love her mother but the question is “Did Casey love her daughter?” Having her freedom by ridding herself of her daughter shows the answer to this quesiton. Casey Anthony only loves herself. I would like to know how a person not having a job has the money to pay for a Nanny? I know she stole her friends checkbook to make purchases at Walmart but it costs money to go clubbing and children have needs. Where did she get all this money?After only a few visits from her family Casey did not want them to visit with her in jail. Casey used the excuse it was because she was being recorded. The day of her trial she turned her mother away. Casey didn’t even want her parents in the trial room. What child with the death sentence pending not want the comfort or help from her parents? As for the tears she sheds are for getting caught. As for the shakin of her head as if indicating no is just part of her acting and lying. Casey has said her father molested her and her brother tried to touch her is just another lie. I was molested by a family member when I was five. Many years later I had a little girl. The one thing I made sure of was never to go to any family function he attended. So why did Casey leave Caylee with George? I believe George and Cindy are in a very difficult situation. They already lost their granddaughter and if Casey is found guility or is set free they still lose their daughter as Casey has shown pure hatred for her parents.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. Casey Case

    As one person already stated a drowning is an accident. If Caylee did drown why was it necessary to cover her mouth with duct tape? It was interesting to hear on Friday from the woman who called to report the car needing to be towed. When asked if she looked into the car when she was getting the license number what she saw in the car. Her reply was she saw some clothes, etc. and the last thing she named was a blanket. Pictures where shown of what contents were in the front and back seat of the car. Everything was in the car, however, the blanket wasn’t ,perhaps it was on the floor and couldn’t be seen on camera. If I remember correctly Caylee was either wrapped in a blanket or it was found in the bag with her body. Casey Anthony did not show or express any emotions about her daughter being lost or when found dead. She has told so many lies how can anyone believe anything she says. On top of her killing her daughter she is putting the blame on her father. Caylee did love her mother but the question is “Did Casey love her daughter?” Having her freedom by ridding herself of her daughter shows the answer to this quesiton. Casey Anthony only loves herself. I would like to know how a person not having a job has the money to pay for a Nanny? I know she stole her friends checkbook to make purchases at Walmart but it costs money to go clubbing and children have needs. Where did she get all this money?After only a few visits from her family Casey did not want them to visit with her in jail. Casey used the excuse it was because she was being recorded. The day of her trial she turned her mother away. Casey didn’t even want her parents in the trial room. What child with the death sentence pending not want the comfort or help from her parents? As for the tears she sheds are for getting caught. As for the shakin of her head as if indicating no is just part of her acting and lying. Casey has said her father molested her and her brother tried to touch her is just another lie. I was molested by a family member when I was five. Many years later I had a little girl. The one thing I made sure of was never to go to any family function he attended. So why did Casey leave Caylee with George? I believe George and Cindy are in a very difficult situation. They already lost their granddaughter and if Casey is found guility or is set free they still lose their daughter as Casey has shown pure hatred for her parents.66

    June 13, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Same Old Cleveland

    Mo Williams, are you kidding me?

    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.

    If you had played half as decently as you should have in Cleveland (you were brought there to be the second offensive option, and you failed miserably in the playoffs – even worse than LeBron), LeBron probably wouldn't have felt the need to go to Miami in the first place. And now even the Cavaliers don't want you (they sent you to the Clippers, where careers die). You, of all people, have the nerve to be happy that LeBron lost? That says it all.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. My name is DFW VICTORY

    You know, I could feel some sympathy for Lebron if it wasn't for his arrogance. I'm hoping that he's learned from this lesson and will be able to rebound (only if it someone other than the MAVS) and make himself proud because he handled humility in the right way. As for Kobe, yeah, he's a great play and all, but he needs to talk to LeBron. Kobe almost let his arrogance destroy his family and his finances. As for Cleveland, hey, it is what it is. Had LeBron stayed in Cleveland, like Dirk did in Dallas, he too could have experienced a ring. Now, he's chasing a pipe dream.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
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