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LeBron James to toss chalk in Cleveland return

Posted on: November 30, 2010 2:38 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:09 pm
LeBron James says he "probably" will toss chalk before his Thursday return to Cleveland after bolting the Cavaliers for Miami Heat. Posted by Ben Golliver

LeBron James continues to astound. Another day, another amazing window into his soul, which appears to be covered entirely in mirrors. The Miami Heat forward was called out last week by TNT broadcaster Charles Barkley, who joked that James would not go through with his customary self-reverential pre-game powder chalk toss before Thursday night's game between the Heat and the Cavaliers, James' first return to Cleveland since he spurned the Cavs for the Heat in free agency last summer. Boston Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal piled on, according to the Akron Beacon-Journal, stating, "I’m anxious to see [James] do the powder [expletive]. We have bets he won’t do it." But despite the fact that tossing the chalk is a ridiculous ritual to begin with, despite the fact that doing so will be going out of his way to incite a hostile Quickens Loan Arena crowd and despite the fact that the Heat should be more concerned about the chalk on Erik Spoelstra's blackboard rather than the chalk that will be sent airborne two days from now, LeBron James is letting the world know that he does not plan to deviate from his "ritual." The Sun-Sentinel reports that the chalk tossing will "probably" continue as planned on Thursday. "I probably will. That's a ritual for myself." Some of the wisest words James has ever spoken. It is, indeed, a ritual for himself. The paper also reports that Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade stands by James' ritual and has even volunteered to act as a surrogate chalk tosser should the need arise. "Wade said LeBron has to toss powder in Cleveland because it is what he does. He said if James doesn't do it, then he would do it for him." The worst part? James and Wade spent Tuesday discussing Thursday's pre-game, when the Heat play the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. The only thing worse than a scripted me-first pre-game show of ego is a scripted me-first pre-game show of ego that becomes a greater distraction. That's where LeBron James' Miami Heat are right now.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2010 10:57 am

LeBron James to toss chalk in Cleveland return

Well, at least there will be fans in the stands in Cleveland to witness the "chalk toss," unlike in Miami. My goodness, look at all the empty seats in that picture!

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2010 8:32 pm

LeBron James to toss chalk in Cleveland return

It just shows you how spoiled LBJ is and how disrespectful he is of his own media, tossing that stuff in the air and over the working sheets of the Cavs broadcasters in the past.  Try being a stats guy for their Cavs TV and having that resin thrown all over you, your working sheets, your notes, etc.  But, then nobody said "No" to him until it was too late, the habits had been formed, his posse was entrenched and when Mike Brown tried for some relief, LBJ says to the owner the coach has to go.  The coach goes and so does LBJ anyway.  Spoiled, absolutely.  Self-centered, you bet.  Egotistical, and then some.  Show some respect,LBJ, and maybe you'll get some of those fans back in your corner. 

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 5:00 pm

LeBron James to toss chalk in Cleveland return


Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2010 2:54 pm

LeBron James to toss chalk in Cleveland return

Funny how the chalk toss ritual is now considered ridiculous.  Yet I'm sure if Ben were a fan of LBJ he wouldn't mind having his chalk tossed while Shaq piled it on.  Hey Ben, maybe time was spent discussing chalk talk rather than discussing the game against Detroit because dead-beat writers like you have zero reporting skills and asked zero questsion about Detroit.  Rather your questions were about the Cleveland game and the chalk talk.  I can just imagine the garbage you would have written had they told the press that they weren't answering questions about the Cleveland game and to focus on questions regarding the Detroit game.  Here's to another me-first reporting crappy news post.

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