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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2009 6:58 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over Bergers head?

 You realize Cleveland is the "home of rock n roll right? The air guitars... the tourist picture pose - pre game etc? These guys are not showing anybody up, if they were dont you think a bunch of bitterman like the Celts would of chirped up or Sheed when we beat them by 20 and was goofing around late game. No one else shares this view they are showing up anybody. Look at the roster - up and down it's solid guys. Bottom line they have great chemistry and they enjoy playing with each other & until another player or coach has a problem with the Cavs act some online blogger or reporter (whatever goes on here) shouldnt.




Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2009 6:30 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

CBS writers are becoming as dumb as ESPN writers. 




Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2009 6:23 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

The LeBron act is wearing thin for me.  As far as I'm concerned he's hands down the best NBA player, but his attempts at becoming the "goofy guy" are getting really annoying.  Like his picture taking of his team.  That's fine once.  ONCE.  If you script it out ahead of time you're not goofy your just an attention whore.  I'm a fan of goofy guys like Charles Barkley was when he was in the NBA, because he just did things randomly, like laying down on the scorers table before checking in.  LeBron just tries too hard.
I'm a huge fan of LeBron the basketball player.
LeBron the person annoys the crap out of me.




Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2009 5:37 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

How can Boston celebrate if they were winning if part of their team was in the locker room.  Maybe that is why you don't see Boston ever have fun on the bench.  They don't have chemistry.  KG couldn't even support the team from the bench.  How much class does that show.  Also what hurts more the air guitar or a low blow elbow.  Another ques
tion what came first the low blow or the air guitar.  Maybe if Boston weren't such crybabies, the Cavs may have refrained from celebrating.  Also I remember the last game at the Q, the game was out of hand and the Celtics kept fouling Walace.  The annoucers where saying how bush league that was.  If you don't want a team to celebrate, then you will have to beat them.

 




Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 2:14 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

 well if thats the case why didn'y ya write about Ray Allens throwing a punch to the groin let alone not mention it? i would think that was far less harmless then a air guitar being played maybe whoever Boston plays will and if the 2 teams do meet again I am shure one person will not forget it




Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2009 12:46 am
 

Berger Hates Lebron and the Cavs

I would expect nothing less from Berger.  Another bitter Laker/Celtic lover ragging on the Cavs for having fun (and doing the SAME thing Boston dis all of last year - when Berger had no problem with it whatsoever).

 

I think elbowing somebody in the groin is a little less classy than dancing around in your bench area and displaying team chemistry.




Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2009 12:40 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

Berger is right. The fine line between entertainment and disrespect is being walked on by the Cavaliers, and they didn't cross it tonight because they played the all mighty Boston Celtics, and the defending champions. They crossed it a while ago with their antics and improper display of sportsmanship. You getting on a television highlight for a great play is one thing, but when you get on a highlight for some dumb orchestrated celebration, it's rather pathetic to me. I don't care if they are winning, it doesn't make it okay to come up with childish acts that aren't appreciated on the other end of the court.

This media hype balloon that Lebron James is riding shouldn't be excused because Cleveland has not won anything in many years. You look at many of the champions in previous seasons, they let their play do the talking, not their dances. You don't see Kobe Bryant or Dwayne Wade (the other MVP contenders) making a fool of themselves. They outperform everyone around them, yet manage to be presentable in the world. James has taken it a step further than everyone, and if this is what he wants to do in trying to show everyone he's the best, I will not be buying that product.

I'll be waiting for the palyoffs to begin and I want to see how far the Cavaliers get in the playoffs, if they do not win a championship this year I hope they are ready to swallow their own ego because as much as they are showboating, the team that beats them will make them feel it twice as bad. I really hope Cleveland is ready for that, rather than make excuses to why the Cavs didn't win a championship. What goes around comes around folks, and I can't wait to watch the team that brings them back to Earth, because they aren't winning the championship this year.




Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2009 12:23 am
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

I can't believe I wasted my time reading this post. What a cheap, classless attack on a very classy team that has done its business from Game 1 until now and done it in solid, efficient fashion. The Cavs were not showing up ANYONE--they've been having fun in the pregame ceremonies like this all year long, and they simply chose to extend it to the game as well. I don't think that it's bad that the team enjoys being around each other and having fun together, and it's good to see these high-paid grown men having fun like a high school team, enjoying the great game of basketball and loving the camraderie. Maybe the Celtics should have bothered to show up and play today...what's worse, showing up the other team with some fun or not bothering to show up and try to win a game? Red Auerbach's teams never would have mailed in a performance like this.

You wanna talk about class, what's up with the streetball antics by the Celtics at the end of the game? I thought it was funny they were trying to do alley-oops and stuff and they weren't even able to do them successfully!

You're right, the Celtics will remember it...all offseason long after the Cavs eliminate them in the playoffs. They'll sit and wonder how a team with 3 Hall of Famers was knocked out by the Cavs and they'll watch as LeBron and the Cavs begin their new dynasty, one that will last for more than one season.

 

 

 

 




Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2009 12:13 am
 

The media. Build you up just to tear you down.

 This is just another example.   Today, I saw an elite team having fun playing the game of basketball.  It doesn't mean the team is not taking the the journey to the title seriously.  Just another example of media trying to create a story.




Since: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2009 11:54 pm
 

Will someone smash the guitar over LeBron's head?

 

 I think dancing around is classier than elbowing someone in the crotch. That's just me though.

 

 



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