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. Steve Kaufman

    I'd rather lose every year in Miami than lose every year in Cleveland. I think he made the right choice and I would make that choice every time. He plays basketball you idiots, he owes Cleveland nothing. Party in South Beach LBJ, enjoy your life and don't let anyone tell you what you need to do.

    June 13, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Baker

    What a bunch of losers. Stop expecting athletes to be good people. And damn sure stop taking it personally when they're not. The guy is a freak athlete that's fun to watch. That's it. He gets paid to jump & dunk, not live up to your behavioral expectations. You're all delusional.

    June 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dude

    Lebron has done more in his first year at Miami than he was able to all seven at boring Cleveland, and it's just his first year ha ha ha ha. Get over it Cleveland he left it's over! Put all your energy toward something more useful like getting a real basketball team for one, if not Lebron might just drop another 40 points on you guys next year losers! Boohoo whaaaah still crying about it huh? Still hurts Cleveland? It's sad when the best thing that has happend to your city is one guy and you couldn't even hold on to that Lol ! Keep hating Cleveland it's the only thing left for you to do.

    June 13, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Popusa Lover

    Hey, Cecilia! Let me tell you that I am from Guatemala too. And you are very wrong! I AM poor! Now send me some frikin extra large t-shirts and a championship's cold over here...

    June 13, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • ahhhh miami!!!!!!

      comin right up, popusa lover! just watch out and be sure to read those "warning: choking hazard" tags. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      June 13, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cleveland, Ohio is the REAL LOSER!

    GET OVER IT!!!


    June 13, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LeBron James

    Aight aight aight. Ya'll needa calm down. Stop hate'n on on me cuz i"m ballin out and ya'll can't even get a job that pay minimum wage. If queefland is too depressing for ya, then just leave like me......HAHAHA!!!! OH....I almost forgot: Hey little guatemalan boy....'s the old cavs jersey i like to wipe wit. HAHAHA!!! N ma big bro said........ I'M RICH, B***H!!!!!!! King James, out!

    June 13, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dude

    Miami may have lost the finals this year but Cleveland lost a lot more when Lebron left Lol like their dignity and respect they are still crying over it. How long is the crying going to last?

    June 13, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JFR - NYC

    The bottom Line – He shouldn't had the "The Decision" press conference to announce that he was leaving is Hometown. That was the biggest mistake he could have made and in my opinion, the reason the city of Cleveland hates him.

    As many others on here have said, athletes are free to go wherever they want, for whatever reason. It was the manner in which he announced his departure that was F***** up. Besides that, his true colors have have come out this past season... he is a big cry baby, has poor sportsmanship and was really timid during crunch time.

    Im a big D.Wade fan.... unfortunatly, he is stuck with Lebron for the next few years.... ehhh, it is what it is.

    June 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mars Blackman

      To hell with Cleveland. They can only delight in this one time loss for Miami. They will never no what it means to even get this close to a championship. King James made the right decision and when the Heat has time to gel, they will be champions. Screw Cleveland. Losers!!

      June 14, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dude

    Don't hate Miami because it's a better all around city than Cleveland, you guys couldn't even pay Lebron enough to stay there Lol.

    June 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • ahhhh miami!!!!!!

      is that why miami is the most miserable city? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      June 13, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • godard

      regarding your comment that miami a better town than cleveland. i lived in cleveland, a town that is plagued by many serious socio-economic problems. i wouldn't visit miami if they paid me: a town plagued by senility, fascist cuban exiles, and insufferable italian fashion designer gunned outside their tacky mansions. as for the heat, the 3 big's arrogance was unconscionable. a great lesson learned last night.

      June 13, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Richard Allen

    So this is it, huh folks? I heard the Governor used taxpayer money to make the Dallas Mavericks honorary Ohioans. Just start using Comic Sans to type out all your state laws now cause that's about as serious as we take your state now.

    June 13, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • ahhhh miami!!!!!!

      hey lequeen! join all those other (drag) queens on south beach! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      June 13, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. juan

    Hey Lebron Janes is best player and the refere stoll a miami heat

    June 13, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ahhhh miami!!!!!!

      hey little boy who told you lequeen is the best, cuz you're obviously not smart enough to figure it out yourself. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      June 13, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The Truth

    Seriously?.... Everyone is quick to hate on Lebron but at the same time no one realizes that this is his first year with the Miami Heat and they made it to the finals! So whats gonna happen once the team establishes itself?? To all the haters, get ready to taste your foot

    June 13, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • smeal

      they may win alot of regular season games, But will not win a championship.

      June 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ahhhhh miami!!!

    a little defensive, aren't we miami? well here's something else to be defensive about: a choke artist who calls himself a KING, and a newspaper that doesn't even know the news! Congrats Heat 2011 Champs! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    June 13, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      Well in all honesty Miami has a better chance of being a winner than Cleveland ever will ha ha ha! Plus they're a lot more fun to watch.

      June 13, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. draze

    LeBron do your thing. Your Brand is worth more than many NBA franchises. That is not making the big egos feel good. The owner of the Cleveland team bought the team to make money and his #1 Brand (LeBron) left. So he's sour wah wah. Listen folks...You can hate on LeBron as much as you want and talk about being humble. Being humble is a personal decision. In America being humble is not required. Stop trying to make LeBron in to a version of yourself. There is no need for him to be humble. He's on top of the world. As long as his Brand continues to grow, in Basketball or out, he will be fine. He's not you – stop trying to make him into you!!

    June 13, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • ahhhh miami!!!!!!

      yeah lequeen do your thing! choke like you did last year against boston! like you did the year before against orlando. like the year before that against. oh god all those chokes i cant even keep them straight! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      June 13, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dude

    @Clevelander 101 Cleveland is not only full of s–t it's full of dreamers like you he he he he. Cleveland is no where near a championship!

    June 13, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
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