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The "King is really a Court Jester

Posted on: June 1, 2009 12:06 am
Edited on: June 2, 2009 10:06 am

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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Category: NBA
Tags: LeBron James

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2009 7:12 pm

The "King is really a Court Jester

 love how naiive about basketball you are. if you really knew basketball you would know that Kobe bryant was the best player in the NBA for the past couple years but as you can see by the MVP voting, LeBron James is now the bestWell hope enjoys being the best watching the "former" best still play... Thanks for the post, even though it was totally irrelevant to anything this blog was regarding.

Since: Jun 10, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2009 5:17 pm

The "King is really a Court Jester

I love how naiive about basketball you are. if you really knew basketball you would know that Kobe bryant was the best player in the NBA for the past couple years but as you can see by the MVP voting, LeBron James is now the best. Teh only reason this was a big story is because the best player in the NBA did not shake hands or talk to the press. The arrogance in this conversation is with you not LeBron

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2009 10:28 pm

The "King is really a Court Jester

It's amazing the amount of hate being thrown at LeBron for walking off the floor.  You would have thought he just gotten a DUI, or killed someone. 

Here's what Celtics mega fan, and ESPN writer Bill Simmons said about it:

"When you caused a controversy by storming off the court after Game 6 and refusing to attend your press conference, you did something even better: You brought us back to the days when "rivals" didn't hug each other like Red and Andy after every game, when NBA stars actually took losing personally and treated their peers like enemies instead of friends. I loved it. That was an old-school move. And as reader Brian Naftaly points out, you accomplished something even better: You made your teammates cover you in the postgame press conference, marking the first time all series they did something or helped you in any way. That was genius. Hold your head up high, LeBron James. You could not have done more with the possible exception of coaching the team … and really, that might not have been a bad idea."

Now, is Simmons' word the law?  Of course not.  However, the guy does tend to view things from an old school perspective, and you know he's not a LeBron apologist because he is a die hard Celtics fan.

People are blowing this thing way out of proportion.  And the ONLY reason anyone is still talking about this is because it's LeBron James.

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2009 3:35 pm

The "King is really a Court Jester

Well stated point!  I see it like this... LBJ is suppose to be the new face of the NBA.  So what kind of example is he really setting?  Maybe if it was someone else it wouldn't be that big of a deal.  But we are talking about the KING.  Since LBJ got in the league and even prior to him being drafted he was a media darling.  He did everything the right way and was suppose to be the second coming... Although I think Kobe already has that title.  I think his game is crazy.  I don't think we have ever seen anyone with his size and ability on the court.  Up until the other night I would have said he carried himself like a man on and off the court but he dismissed that statement.  Some will call it LeBron bashing... I say it is what it is!  Immature behaviour from the man sitting next to the man!  Honestly it's disappointing because I think a lot of us expected more!

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2009 10:10 am

The "King is really a Court Jester


While I agree to some extent that there are alot of players who do so, it's unacceptable for the face of the team and the proposed face of the NBA to propose such actions.  Isiah Thomas and his Pistons team is still frowned upon walking off the court when they were defeated by Jordans Bulls.  Especially after the years prior they defeated the Bulls.  I just don't agree with what he did, it's not the press conference it's the lak of saying "good game, good series"... You do it growing up, they make you get in a line and shake hands.  It's what you teach your kids as a coach and parent. LBJ then made it worse by his ridiculous comments, this is not a street fight, it's a professional sport.  Im sorry, I don't get sucked into anything, those actions from someone who is supposed to be thre greatest thing since sliced bread are unacceptable.

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2009 3:44 pm

The "King is really a Court Jester


Seems like you are just another fan who got sucked up by all the media hype.  I really thought you were better than this.  Because let's face it, the only reason this is an issue is because it was LeBron James.  It's not uncommon for an NBA player to quickly leave they court after they get eliminated.  They do this in frustration.  It's not arrogance or anything like that.  It is what it is.

Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2009 12:10 am

The "King is really a Court Jester

Kobe did the same thing vs the Suns.

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