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LeBron James hides during intros in Cleveland

Posted on: March 29, 2011 7:47 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 1:06 am
 
Miami Heat forward LeBron James skipped player introductions during his second return to Cleveland. Posted by Ben Golliver and Matt Moore.

Update 10:21 p.m.: LeBron told reporters post-game that he missed the introductions because he was in the bathroom. No, we're not kidding. From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "I was using the rest room. Am I allowed to do that?"

Well, yes, LeBrron, you are. But we're also allowed to believe that is a totally absurd answer considering you've been in the league for coming up on eight years and have been in hundreds of lineup introductions. When you have to go, you have to go, but this doesn't really fly considering he then dropped a triple-double. 

Original post: On Tuesday night, Miami Heat forward LeBron James made his second return trip to Cleveland since he decided to take his talents to South Beach last summer. Earlier this week, James said that he believed that the reception in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena wouldn't be as bad as the first time through, when the boos rained down and Cavaliers fans showed up with signs and t-shirts in an attempt to mock and shame him. 

During his first trip back to Cleveland, James confronted the crowd and the Cavs head on, doing his standard chalk toss and talking trash throughout the game. On Tuesday night, things went a bit differently. When his name was called during player introductions, James was nowhere to be found, as he was apparently hiding off court. According to an ESPN reporter at the game, James did not appear on the Heat bench until the court until the lights were dimmed when the Cavaliers players were being announced.

Here's video of James' player introduction with James putting the MIA in Miami.



For months, James has steadfastedly refused to apologize for his decision on multiple occasions, and that's his right. But it's Cleveland's right to still be mad, and James shouldn't have tried to hide from that. He made The Decision and with his choice came a lot of consequences; going out of his way to avoid the nastiest of those consequences is unfortunate.
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Since: May 23, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:42 am
 

LeBron James hides during intros in Cleveland

That was just another "NO SHOW" like LeBron did in the Game 5 Playoffs against Boston last year. If LeBron and the Heat don't win it all this year then you better put away all the sharp knives and put LeBron on suicide watch.     



Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2011 12:45 am
 

LeBron James hides during intros in Cleveland

Yo eightzero u know what a real 'fuck you' move would be, beating the cavs by 30. That was a total bitch move man.



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2011 12:10 am
 

LeBron James hides during intros in Cleveland

haha hell claim they lost because his stomach hurt from the bathroom, or maybe it was that stupid elbow again haha?



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 9:11 pm
 

LeBron James hides during intros in Cleveland

Legina!



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2011 9:01 pm
 

LeBron James hides during intros in Cleveland

As much as I hate Lebron, that wasn't a bitch move, that was a "fuck you" move. That was an attack back on the fans, not letting them get the chance to boo him.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2011 8:23 pm
 

LeBron James hides during intros in Cleveland

MIA in Miami
Good one.

Bitch move by LeBron. I've been one of few to defend his decision (not "The Decision," but rather his right to move on from Cleveland), but this was a complete and utter bitch move that pretty much confirms LeBron is bothered by the fact that (most of) Cleveland hates him. I don't recall Kobe ever ducking his intro here in Philly or in Denver after his legal issues.


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