LeBron James acted like a baby out there last night, very disrespectful to the fans and to the Magic team. When the Lakers defeated the Nuggets the other night, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups stayed on court to say congrats and to give hugs and handshakes. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers did the same when they lost last year. Carmelo then proceeded to the podium, distressed from the loss, but kept his part by giving the people and Nuggets fans something to settle on as the year for them ended. LeBron James walked straight to the locker room without saying anything to anyone. That's horrible sportsmanship... I have lost any respect I had for the guy. Then he doesn't feel like giving closure in a press conference after the game to NBA fans and more importantly Cavaliers fans. LBJ, you may have a great game, but if your only gonna be the cocky person you are when you win... then stop calling yourself the King.
"It's hard for me to congratulate somebody after you just lose to them," he said. "I'm a winner. It's not being a poor sport or anything like that. If somebody beats you up, you're not going to congratulate them. That doesn't make sense to me. I'm a competitor. That's what I do. It doesn't make sense for me to go over and shake somebody's hand."
Quoted from article on ESPN
Um, yes LeBron James , in professional sports thats what you do. In boxing when someone tko's you or takes you by decision, in UFC when someone nearly busts your head open or gets to you to submit after nearly ripping your arm off they hug, shake hands or simply go say congratulations. In a street fight no you don't do this, but is the NBA the street? Do you really think you are the only "competitor" in this league that wants to win? "It doesn't make sense for me to go over and shake somebody's hand"... It's called sportsmanship and repsect. Simply immature.
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