Think LeBron Bump Not Deliberate? Think Again

Much has been made about LeBron James bumping Miami Heat coach Eric Spoelstra last night during the Heat’s 106-95 loss at Dallas.

LeBron Bumps Into Miami Coach Video

The video is somewhat compelling, especially given James’ arm flourish at the end - which may have punctuated a deliberate non-verbal message. Or not.


Perhaps even more compelling though is that James did almost exactly the same thing in 2007.

While playing for Cleveland that year, James was also walking to the bench during a timeout when he appeared to initiate a shoulder-to-shoulder collision with then-Cavaliers Coach Mike Brown.

But in that case, there was an overheard angle to the video. An angle that appears to show James turning into Brown before the two collided. Read more…

Douglas-Roberts Has Fallen, And He Can’t Get up

Chris Douglas-Roberts of the Milwaukee Bucks provided us his reaction to Cleveland Cavaliers guard Mo Williams saying recently that after LeBron James departed for Miami, he considered retiring.

Chris Douglas-Roberts laughs on Twitter at Mo Williams claiming he considered retirement

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports previously reported that the 27-year-old Williams said of the prospect of retirement, “I contemplated it. I really sat down and envisioned life after basketball. I really saw myself not playing.”

My reaction to Williams’ retirement threat, while not as oxygen-depriving as CDR’s, was similar to when a garden variety boxing champion makes the same claim.

OSU Refused LeBron ‘Full Police Escort’ Demand

Earlier this week Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor virtually guaranteed that LeBron James would be booed if he attended today’s Ohio State-Miami football game in Columbus by telling Buckeye fans not to boo “my mentor.”

LeBron wanted full police escort at Ohio State-Miami game

(Meanwhile, Jeremy Shockey was granted big fat alumni guy escort)

Before the game Saturday, ESPN college football reporter Bruce Feldman noted on his Twitter account that, “OSU security guy said LeBron wanted a full police escort today..’He’ll probably get one guy… He made his decision.‘” Read more…

This’ll Cheer Up Cavalier Fans! .. okay .. maybe not

Last Friday John Mayer played the Cleveland-area Blossom Music Center. For the encore, he hit the stage wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey.

John Mayer promises to wear Cavaliers jersey to West Palm Beach/Miami show

Mayer said while wearing the jersey, “Our last show of this tour (September 11 in Miami) I’m going to come out on stage wearing this in Miami.

Cool! One small detail though. The show isn’t in Miami. Read more…

LeBron Interview: ‘We hated Cleveland growing up’

The LeBron James self-immolation parade continues this week as he’s back with more third person, revisionist wisdom in an interview with GQ magazine.

LeBron James

(Pinata endorsement part of the plan?)

Here’s some samples of the remarks James recently made to GQ writer J.R. Moehringer:

“It’s not far, but it is far. And Clevelanders, because they were the bigger-city kids when we were growing up, looked down on us.… So we didn’t actually like Cleveland. We hated Cleveland growing up. There’s a lot of people in Cleveland we still hate to this day.”

Despite those comments, James also curiously claimed to Moehringer that he’d consider one day returning to the Cavs:

“If there was an opportunity for me to return and those fans welcome me back, that’d be a great story.”

Somehow I think that story though won’t be authored by current Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. James, once again speaking in third person: Read more…

Stuart Scott: “Proud” Of LeBron Decision Show

Stuart Scott recently conducted a chat on ESPN.com in which he discussed his feelings about LeBron James and the role ESPN played in the NBA player’s move from Cleveland to Miami.

Stuart Scott Proud Of ESPN's The Decision Show For LeBron James

I excerpted a selection of Scott’s comments from the chat and responded to his remarks in bold.

Scott: As a free agent LBJ owed Cleveland nothing. That’s not disrespect, it’s just his right based on rules and bylaws established before he set foot in the NBA. Narcissistic? Star athlete has big decision, ubiquitous sports network is there to cover it.

Me: ESPN didn’t cover it, ESPN created it. Without ESPN, “The Decision” wouldn’t have existed.

From what we now know, the prospect of such an ESPN-enabled production may have been the main reason why James dragged out his choice for so long - causing such acute consternation to the people of Cleveland.

Scott: That’s what we do. … I am proud of the dozens of people who worked on that show. And for all the criticism it received, a 7.6 cable rating is ginormous. Read more…

Photo Captures LeBron Flipping Off Akron Man

I’ve got another pathetic tale involving LeBron James in Vegas last weekend to tell you about - though this time it won’t be spiked by the site hosting it.

LeBron James flips off fan from Akron in Vegas PHOTO

(Bird blurred in video)

Cleveland’s FOX 8 reports today that LeBron James flipped off an Akron man ran into the NBA player at a Vegas nightclub last weekend.

Last weekend, DJ Fig, from Mix 94.1 in Akron, was at the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas. Early Monday morning, he spotted LBJ and his entourage partying at a nightclub.

As he took out his camera to snap a picture, the deejay said LeBron gave him the finger.

“I said ‘Hey, Akron still loves you man,’ and he gave the bird as you see in the picture,” said DJ Fig.

Apparently DJ Fig is a glutton for punishment, as that wasn’t the end of his requests of James that night. Read more…

The Decision, Part II: To Retire LeBron’s Number

LeBron James is, statistically, by far the greatest player in Cleveland Cavaliers history - by any measure.

Retire LeBron James Number, Cleveland Fans

(Cavs Fans Now Have Own ‘Decision’ To Make)

But it goes without saying that Dan Gilbert probably won’t be hoisting his number into the rafters anytime soon, but is that really fair?

Were the Cavs better off never having James? Is it appropriate to gauge his contribution to the city based on a month’s worth of profound bad judgement?

Should the Cavaliers retire LeBron James’ number #23 in the future?

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A Sign LeBron’s Mom Took Cream In Her Coffee?

Delonte West apparently knew what LeBron James mom Gloria liked:

Huggy's Coffee Shop in Cleveland Gloria Will Miss Delonte Photo

Get your mind out of the gutter. (Only that she took cream in her coffee.)

If only the good people of LeBron’s hometown were so kind. Behold Akron’s highest civil dishonor:

Akron Hates LeBron Sign Photo

How do I know the sign is real? Note the rust. Read more…

Open Letter to Fans from Cavs Owner Dan Gilbert

Open Letter to Fans from Cavaliers Majority Owner Dan Gilbert

Dan Gilbert

Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;

As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.

This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.

Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.

The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.

There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.

You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.

You have given so much and deserve so much more.

In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:

“I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE”

You can take it to the bank. Read more…