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Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

Posted on: March 29, 2011 3:20 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2011 3:23 pm
 
Miami Heat forward LeBron James was delayed by parking garage officials when he attempted to attend shootaround at Quicken Loans Arena. Posted by Ben Golliver.

LeBron James, the self-dubbed King of Akron, did not receive the royal treatment upon his second return to Cleveland on Tuesday. James, who decided to leave the Cavaliers and join the Miami Heat last summer, was reportedly held up by parking garage officials when he attempted to attend Miami's Tuesday morning shootaround at Quicken Loans Arena. 

The Heat Index reports that the delay stemmed from the fact that James did not request "private car access to the underground garage" -- something that is regularly given to visiting players -- in advance as required by arena policy.
James was delayed in getting into the arena for the Miami Heat's shootaround Tuesday morning when he arrived with a driver and a second car at the entrance of the Cleveland Cavaliers' underground parking garage.
Cavs officials said James eventually was cleared to enter the building, but several people with him were not. The two cars then left, and James alone returned a short time later and was allowed in, officials said.
Obviously, this was no accident or miscommunication. 

If you're a security guard making minimum wage (or close to it) at a basketball arena and LEBRON JAMES shows up, on schedule, to attend a scheduled morning shootaround and your records don't show his name on the list, 999 times out of 1,000 you're going to let him in so that your boss doesn't find out that you delayed James from his shootaround and cans you on the spot. Also, one of the few benefits of that job is a working walkie-talkie or radio, which is crucial in the event that something potentially headline-worthy or dangerous might happen. That James eventually left the scene tells you everything you need to know about where the chain of command stood on this one.

That James' entourage was not allowed to enter the arena with him is a particularly fitting detail, as most accounts of James' time in Cleveland have his friends being able to do whatever they want, whenever they want. This has all the markings of a very obvious, very petty move by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Something like, "You snub me in free agency, you play by the rules when you're in my house and your friends can rot in..." 

You'd like to think Gilbert is above this sort of thing, but he recently heckled an excellent writer, Kelly Dwyer, with some sophomoric stupidity on Twitter and, of course, there was that whole Comic Sans incident which is too gruesome to recall in detail. Really, this is par for the course. He's probably in his office right now cackling about the headlines, failing to realize they make him look terrible. Get over it, man.
Comments

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 5:27 pm
 

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

This is AWESOME!!!  Who cares what Lebron thinks. I'm with Danny boy on this one. Let LBJ in the building, but his "posse" can park their ass's on the curb until after the game. Hey rules are rules for a reason, we don't need some gun toting thugs coming in just because they are "friends". I know that is highly unlikely, but hey that's what rules are for, LMAO! The Cavs will still get smacked by 30 tonight.



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2011 5:26 pm
 

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

Screw LeBron! If he doesn't like playing by the rules he could always fake an injury everytime Miami comes to town. Hey, pretend it's a big game and just disappear like you did at the end of games here! I applaud the Cavs and Gilbert for putting the Queen in her place. I'd roll out the red carpet for Delonte though just to piss him off more. Maybe, retire his number? What was it Gloria, 69? The Cavs suck, but they'll win just as many titles as LeBron over the length of his career. If the guy has a manual transmission in his car it'll be the closest he's ever been to anything "clutch". Here's to him hoisting up a few more bricks and airballs for the Heat with games on the line. The big question is did he cry when they didn't let him in the arena?



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage




Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2011 5:18 pm
 

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage




Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2011 5:07 pm
 

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

The Cavs probobly will win a championship before Lebron, due in part because he will never win one.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

I would've had dogs sniff the car for drugs.  Than i would've had his entourage strip searched.  Than i would've had a good laugh



Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 4:56 pm
 

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

Why the hell would the Cavs let the idiot not play by their rules after he snubbed them?  I'd be shocked if the Cavs DIDN'T do this.  What a pointless, biased article.



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

Why is Gilbert so mad?  The Cavs are going to win a title before Lebron will. He and the Cavs fans should be thrilled.



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

I actually find this funny.  Most of us have to play by other people's rules on a daily basis.  Good to see that even stars like Lebron get put in ther place sometimes.



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Security hassles LeBron James in parking garage

I don't agree that Kelly Dwyer or anybody that writes for Yahoo Sports is excellent.  If that is what CBS Sports wants me to believe, maybe I'll go back to reading fluff Chris Chase articles too.


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