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Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

Posted on: April 12, 2009 6:23 pm
 

It's easy to draw kneejerk conclusions from a blowout over the defending champs in the final week of the regular season. I'm not going to do that. I will give the Cavaliers this: The path to the Larry O'Brien Trophy goes through Cleveland this year, plain and simple.

It's hard to say whether the Celtics are flat-out playing second fiddle to the Cavs now, especially since everyone knows the Celts aren't at full strength and probably won't be until the sometime in their second-round playoff series. Kevin Garnett is expected to chip the rust off in Boston's regular season finale against the Washington Wizards. Even after that, it'll take some time for the Celtics to find the rhythm and cohesiveness that led them to banner No. 17 last June.

I understand there was a reason the Cavs were dancing, strumming air guitars, and mugging for the ABC cameras during a 107-76 evisceration of the Celtics on Sunday afternoon. Not only were they proclaiming their superiority in the East, the Cavs also were celebrating the stranglehold they have on homecourt advantage in the NBA Finals if and when they get there. With their 65th victory of the season, Cleveland would have to lose both of its remaining games and the Lakers would have to win both of theirs for the Cavs to lose their grasp on home court. (If somehow all that happened, the Lakers would get the nod because they were 2-0 against Cleveland this season.) The way the Cavs play at home -- 39-1, for goodness sake -- it would be hard to imagine a more confident team going into a Game 7 against the Lakers in mid-June.

But ... and this is a significant caveat ... the Cavs are better than this. How can you be better than 39-1 at home? For one, you can show class -- not crass. You can show sportsmanship -- not gamesmanship. You can act like you're auditioning for a championship, not "Dancing With The Stars." I want to get LeBron, Mo Williams, and Delonte West in front of Bruno Tonioli for five minutes. They'd never pull stunts like this again.

The Cavs sure looked better than the Celtics on Sunday. A lot better. You can argue that LeBron can do whatever he wants on the bench during the fourth quarter of a blowout he'd so expertly orchestrated. He is the MVP in the league, hands down. His drive to the basket for a 3-point play -- dragging two defenders with him and getting fouled three times -- was awe-inspiring. So was the way he chased down a play from 60 feet and swatted Ray Allen's layup attempt away from the rim. He is an awesome talent at both ends of the floor, and there may very well be no one who can stop him and no team that can stop the Cavs.

But you don't show up the defending champs the way the Cavs did Sunday. You just don't. You celebrate when the season is over and when you are holding the gold-plated trophy on your home court. Not on the last Sunday of the regular season, in the midst of an eminently meaningless regular season game.

The Celtics will remember this. As to whether they're good enough to do anything about it, only time will tell. But I don't like it one bit. One of these days, somebody is going to take that air guitar and smash it over LeBron's head.

 

 

 

 

 

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MichaelJordan
Since: Jan 18, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 6:13 pm
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Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 6:11 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

 Lebron has won nothing!!! he should relax with the celebrations. he wont win this year more than likely either. d.wade at lebrons age was nba finals mvp, and you still dont see him actin a fool. win a ring before you start showin off. kobe ,wade shit even ray allen could act up cuz they actually won, but they dont. cuz thats sportsmanship. if i got swept in the finals i wouldnt be doing no air guitar until i reedemed myself.




Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2009 5:37 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

 Duane act when they win....with CLASS....which I wonder if he and his small minded teamates could even spell !  

 

 

Looks like you can't spell yourself! DWAYNE Wade is a good player. Wait..... So I'm guessing you're only saying your comments because you're a Laker fan and can't even take the little success a Cleveland team is having?

I bet you would be on the opposite side of this if it were your Lakers dancing.

The Cavs are having fun, and they have great chemistry. Get over it!




Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2009 5:28 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

I totally agree with the article. Lebron has been acting like an immature junior high punk. He needs to be reminded, this is the NBA, not a sixth grade gym class.  He should be paying attention to how Kobe and Duane act when they win....with CLASS....which I wonder if he and his small minded teamates could even spell !  




Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 5:13 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

 Mr. Berger,

I don't understand your point. I mean, I get the fact that you want the "Professionals" to act professional and that you feel that Cleveland has not won anything yet to be celebrating. But seriously, the Cleveland Cavs have the best record in the NBA (1), every year, since they drafted LeBron, they've gotten better (2) and they have a 39-1 record at home! I understand the whole, sportsmanship and class issue, but doesn't the league want that so that is more appealing to fans? Are you going to protest against celebration dances in the endzone next? Please don't make LeBron the guilty one here, the league is at fault.

We live in a world of restrictions and laws, maybe there should be a fine for celebrating too soon, i don't know. But they just demolished the defending champs,m at home, and in from of a national audience...they should celebrate. If you want it to stop, then you have to rule out all the other stuff the league allows. The kid has lived up to more pressure than you and I have ever had too. Everyone thought he would fail and some are still expecting to, but he hasn't yet. He's gone above and beyond all that was expected. the league created this "monster" so if anyone deserves a guitar over his head its David Stern, not LeBron James. He just does what he wants within boundary. You guys want him to fail so bad that you pick on everything he does from the crab-dribble to this. YOu got nothing on him, so you poke at that!? What about Jordan? He used to taunt the other players and their home fans.

All in all, leave the kid alone. With the same strength you critisize him, take into consideration the fanfare value that the league instills in its players. All the antics is for the show not for the moral of the game. And be honest, its almost as important about entertainment as it is class. Please email me if you want to elaborate on this,

Thanks




Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2009 4:57 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

It's a game. And they are professionals. Why do sports have to be so serious?

And as far as showing the other team up? Well the score dictates they got smashed. Theyre professionals. Maybe in high school this isn't acceptable. These are professional athletes getting paid well. I don't feel bad for the Celtics that they got smashed and the other Cavs were laughing about it.

Personally, I'd rather have an NBA full of players with personalities that are affected by their successes and failures. You make it seem as though the NBA should be 100% full of Tim Duncans. Or maybe we should just make robots to play the game with no emotion at all. They would have good "sportsmanship" and definitely wouldn't show any excitement over a victory like LeBron did.

Personally, I'd like to see LeBron smash a guitar of your head out of anger after he loses to the stones in the first round. Wink




Since: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 4:49 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

 I think that Berger is overreacting. Players are allowed to celebrate. It's all part of the game. If you win, you would want to celebrate because you're happy. Besides, Lebron is one of the best players in the NBA right now if not the best. Players do it all the time so it's part of the game.




Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 4:40 pm
 

And the Celtics?

 

 Did Ray Allen show any class when he elbowed Andy in the groin?

Did Kevin Garnett show any class when he taunted Jose Calderon all the way down the court? Or any game when he bursts out with a primal scream?

Give me a break, and let's not let the kettle call the pot black.




Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 4:36 pm
 

@magicphan

 I rooted for the magic last year, I've always rooted for them. I also rooted for cleveland and the lakers last year, and the year before that.

Sooooo wait.....  I pointed out that you jumped on these teams' bandwagons once they started being legit contenders, and then you confirm this???  Sweet.  that was easy.

 




Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2009 4:20 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

Or How about this? We get Pumpkin from The Flavor Flave show to spit all over Paul Pierce since he thought it so fun to do against the Cavs in 2004 during an exhibition game.


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