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LeBron James: poor sport

Posted on: May 31, 2009 12:11 am
ORLANDO -- LeBron James, who has crafted an image as a good guy, wasn't such a stand up person -- or a good guy -- after Cleveland was beaten by Orlando.

James blew off the media, bolted out of the locker room, and headed directly for the team bus without speaking to the media.

After the game, I didn't see him congratulate many Magic players. I may have missed it but other reporters said they saw the same thing which was witness James behave like a spoiled baby.

It's understandable he's frustrated. But this isn't how leaders should act. James' teammates faced the media. Why shouldn't James? Is he too good to do so?

It was extremely immature and jerkish behavior.

That's how'd you expect some low level punk to behave, James.
Category: NBA
Tags: Cleveland

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2009 1:24 pm

LeBron James: poor sport

LeBron James is a POOR SPORT!  It has nothing to do with post game interviews.  Although every post about this seems to feel that that is the case.  It is the fact he did NOT shake the hands of the opposing team.  That is sportsmanship!! You don't do are a poor sport.  I used to have respect for this guy based on his talent.  However, now I know that he is nothing more than a low class punk.  It doesn't matter how much $$ you have, you cannot buy sportsmanship or class.  He has neither!!

Since: Jun 3, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2009 5:43 pm

LeBron James: poor sport

His frustration is understandable, the dissapointment I sympathize, but you want to look at real sportsman, look at Nadal. I fault Lebron more for the denial of bad beahvior when the emotions were gone than the behavior itself. Way to teach the children Lebron!

Since: Jun 3, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2009 4:10 pm

LeBron James: poor sport

It's not about talking to the press. It's about showing leadership. If he is the captain, he should be the last one off the sinking ship. He needed to man-up and take the hard questions. He also needed to shake hands with those who beat him. He didn't storm off the court in great "emotional" jubilation when he beat the undeserving Pistons and Hawks.
He is a punk and a sore loser. He is not ready to be on a winning team. He is not a leader nor is he even a real man.

Since: May 31, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2009 5:28 pm

LeBron James: poor sport

ok, I must stop posting. But here (just after 4min) are Cavs GM and Coach defending James.



Disgusting. It's like looking at the parents of the kid having the temper tantrum at little league, and they're rushing over to him "ooooh Johnny.. What's wrong? There there..." And you wonder why the kid is a punk brat?

Since: May 31, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2009 5:18 pm

LeBron James: poor sport

I agree with a lot of the recent posts here - e.g. what can we expect from the glorified and overpaid 'gods' we (Sten et al) have created of American sports 'heroes'. I'm glad I'm not alone at finding what James did, and even more his 'DEFENSE' of it, really atrocious. Not in terms of what it says about the man himself (who cares..) but on the IMPACT a 'legend' like that has on so many people, especially youth. In a culture already devoid of humility, here is our King trashing one of the few sacred traditions in competition, ANY competition, and then defending himself for doing it. Call me old-fashioned, but when I see boxers, chess players, or street-ballers lose and then shake hands with the man/men who beat them, I know I'm seeing something good. For BOTH sides. I'm glad I'm not the only one. Now even STERN is moved to do something about it (or forced to from the backlash he's getting)


Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2009 6:26 pm

LeBron James: poor sport

You make a good point....but he still has the obligation to talk with reporters after the's the NBA requirements and he doesn't deserve a get out of jail card because he lost. His behavior says "I'm biggerv thanh the game itself...I'm LeBron...I' killed myself and still lost."'s happened to all of the NBA greats's called life...sometimes you win and sometimes you don't. It sends the wrong message to teh youth of America who tend to make heros out of sports players.

LeBRon, you're not a hero when you act the way you did...when the kid that just piched a n incredible game in Little League but loses the game on some bad umpire calls,...refuses to go and high five the opposing team in the after game line-up. is he a more fervan competitor than some of his teammates that do go out there. heck no...he's behaving like a brat and it's a team loss or win and that's what you just had. Your aggravation is misdirected...look at your management, the new Chinese investors or better still, your teammates that let you down. The Magic didn't do anyhting to keep your team from being stronger than it presently is today. All they did was capitalize on your team's go out and fix them.

Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2009 6:15 pm

LeBron James: poor sport

Nobody is getting the point....we've gone out of our way to overpay athletes in all  professional sports aside from a few like maybe ice hockey. Then we place them on athrone as if any utterance, regardless of how stupid or ignorant it makes the palyer appear, is dissected and debated endlessly. Then we get a bunch of sports junkies attacking or defending the subject matter at hand.

Hey...wake-up...everyone that's ever played sports knows it hurts to lose. But what do we tell our a man, take it like a man etc., even if we're speaking with our daughters. SPorts helps build character and values in our youth. WE teach them to put out their best efforts and if that's not enough, we tell 'em that we're proud of how hard they tried and that's all anyone can do.

Lebron, if you thinbk you deserve to be compoared with the greats...Oscar, Jerry, Walt, Wilt, Bill, kareem, Elgin, Larry, Michael, Magic, I need to keep reciting the list of NBA stars...none of these guys acted the way he you think KObie is any less of a competitor than LeBron...but he made the walk to congratulate Boston last year, Magic made tha walk, Jordan made the walk...all of the NBA gretas make the walk even though they really don't want to.

It shows respect for the game, your opponents (who you may intensely dislike), and your teammates. It says I'm a man, I did my best and today, it just wasn't good enough to get the job done. tell me how teh Americans turned down the silver in the Olympics...not the same thing....LeBron wasn't cheated, he was just beaten and it will happen again and again to...but along the way, he'll get his share of trophies too.

My point is what does his beahvior say to the kids that adore him...want to grow up and be like him. The first time my kid acts that way, he's in trouble and will feel the consequences too. LeBron, if you've got a gripe, take it up with your teammates or owners but don't discredit sportsmanship in general. I want my kid to look his opponent in the eye and tell 'em you were lucky this time and wait until our next meeting. I want my kid to be able to deal with adversity and not pout or misbehave.

It isn't about teaching him how to be a good's about teaching him to be a good man. LeBron, you're no less of a competitor than those aforementioend names and none of them would have acted like you did. It's cowboy up and be a man but don't lay a line on us that you're such a fierce competitor that you can't stand to lose. Yu had a lot of practice at it when you first arrived in the NBA. Now go get some practice at learning how to set a great example for others, especiually kids. Your time will come and meanwhile, don't let your ego or money influence you into acting like some punk. You may become the best that ever played in the NBA but right now, you're a far cry away from achieving that based upon the number of championships you have, the admiration and respect of other coaches and players  after your behavior and your superior attitude that LeBron is bigger than the game itself. Hardly....but and p.s. lose the theatrics before game time. Act like the  consumate professional and you'll command cheers and tears from everyone instead of jeers.

Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2009 5:40 pm

LeBron James: poor sport

When you get paid what these guys get paid to be "PROFESSIONAL" you need to answer media questions. It's your job!

As far as congradulating the winner goes: Jordan, Magic , Bird, & Dr. J did it. Want to be in this company? I lost some respect for James.

I wish these guys would realize the NBA should be prfessional not the streets. Maybe the more professional team won?
Think about it while your at home playing the Xbox James!

Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2009 1:05 pm

LeBron James: poor sport

Let's keep everything in perspective. Everyone keeps writing about Lebron leaving the court after the game without talking to the press. That makes perfect sense to me. History is always told by victors anyway. If they wanted a post game press conference then that's legit but to expect someone in an emotional state to give a speech while fresh off of a butt-whipping is seriously assinine. My major gripe is not having the decency to shake hands with the winning team and to take it one step further by trying to justify it 2 days later. That by itself is an act of poor sportsmanship. All of that other crap is just a bunch of angry Lebron haters trying to build a case for their feeble agenda. All of that "low level punk" talk sounds like the intellectual manifestation of a cyber coward. If you wouldn't call him that to his face with no cops or cameras around then don't flex your internet muscles.

Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2009 12:21 pm

LeBron James: poor sport

Why does LeBron get a way with everything... the acting when he falls over on the court! The poor sportsmenship. Come on people! He is not a GOD! Of course Dwight shows emotion when he misses or gets a foul, but HE never treats people that way after the game. He is young but he knows how to act! LeBron needs to get a life and grow up! Go sit in your mansion and cry! Those acting lessons paid off well! THE OSCAR GOES TO LEBRON!!! The DRAmA KING!Yell

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