Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:37 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2010 9:38 pm

Reggie Miller gives LeBron Being Hated 101

Legendary divisive player discusses playing as the villain as LeBron James prepares to eneter the lion's mouth Thursday night.
Posted by Matt Moore

"I used to encourage that, and I hope he takes this approach. I wanted to take the focus off my teammates, so I would do and say things," Miller said during a phone interview with The Associated Press. "When you have 20,000 people yelling and screaming at you, four other guys can concentrate on the floor. So every time I touch the basketball and everyone is yelling and chanting and doing things towards me, well four other guys can concentrate. I knew I could concentrate through that and I hope he takes that approach."
via AP News : News Herald .

Those are the words of Reggie Miller giving advice to LeBron James on relishing being a villain.

Miller clearly has a history of playing the bad guy in arenas like Madison Square Garden, but even he has never experienced anything like what James will face tomorrow night. Despite pleas from people like our own Greg Doyel (note: must-read), the Cleveland fanbase is a powder keg. There's just too much emotion over something they genuinely feel is personal.

The hatred for Reggie was theatrics, even in a much more violent era of the 90's, it's that kind of expression that probably kept the fans with some distance. As it stands James is set to face the expression of a city that has felt the brunt of the recession as hard as any city in America, which loves its sports teams as passionately as any but has also tasted bitter defeat time and time again, and who put too much in the hope of a (relatively) native son.

There's no Spike Lee who will be yelling in James' ear, instead it will be an army of likely-intoxicated, angry people venting their anger at a 25-year-old who embarrassed and hurt them in public. Whether it's reasonable or not, this is the reality. And while Reggie gained strength from that hatred from fans, those fans respected him. The kind of hatred LeBron's going to face? It's not respect. It's just going to be frightening.
Posted on: August 12, 2010 12:15 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2010 12:16 pm

LeBron gets heckled and booed in Ohio

Posted by Royce Young

LeBron James has been making the rounds lately and he made another stop in his native Ohio recently. This one at an amusement park in Sandusky.

And as you might suspect, some of the onlookers weren't thrilled to see him. When he came out he was booed a bit and then when he started shooting on one of those oversized pop-a-shots, immediately a fan yelled, "I bet you miss!" Then another said, "Shoot with the left; your elbow hurts!"

And then the two best zingers: One fan yelled "It's just like Game 5!" followed by another yelling "Just like the playoffs!"

It didn't help matters that LeBron was something like 2-11 from the field and even airballed one. Some fans did cheer a few makes but for the most part, the crowd was a little restless.

I'm sure the fine people of Ohio have now gotten it all out of their system. When LeBron returns Dec. 2 for his first game back in Cleveland, I'm sure it'll be smooth sailing now. Yep, nothing to worry about now. Move along people.
Category: NBA
Posted on: July 12, 2010 9:37 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2010 9:38 pm

Gilbert fined $100,000 for using Comic Sans

Posted by Royce Young

Just kidding. But David Stern did say late Monday in a press conference that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert has been fined $100,000 for his ranting letter about LeBron James' departure from Cleveland. Not for using the font though.

Stern called Gilbert's letter "extreme" and clearly didn't find the humor in the fact Gilbert wrote it in such a hilarious font.

If you don't recall, not long after LeBron's national television announcement, Gilbert popped off a heated letter on the official Cavaliers website , declaring LeBron an enemy of the state. Gilbert called LeBron's decision "narcissistic" and "cowardly." And as a cherry on top, he guaranteed the Cavs would win an NBA title "BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER 'KING' WINS ONE." All caps Gilbert's emphasis, not mine.

Stern, who doesn't take these sort of things lightly, said it wasn't just the letter though that brought down the 100K hammer. Gilbert gave an interview to AP radio shortly after The Decision and called LeBron a quitter. Stern said that also played a factor in the number against Gilbert.

Gilbert also responded earlier in an official statement to Rev. Jesse Jackson's comments that basically compared Gilbert to a slave owner. Gilbert said, "I strongly disagree with Rev. Jesse Jackson's recent comments and we are not going to engage in any related discussion on it." 

Posted on: July 10, 2010 6:48 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2010 6:54 pm

Cavs in the mix for Josh Childress, Al Jefferson

Posted by Royce Young

Replacing the best player in franchise history isn't easy. But that doesn't mean Cleveland is just going to sit and cry and write angry letters about it. Well I guess one of those things they did do. Nevertheless.

Brian Windhorst reports that the Cavs
are considering making an offer to Atlanta restricted free agent Josh Childress . But that's not all! The Cavs are also talking with Minnesota about a deal to bring Al Jefferson to Cleveland, Windhorst reports .

Childress has until July 15 to opt out of his contract with Olympiakos, which is where he spent last season. The Jefferson talks aren't serious yet, Windhorst says, because Minnesota is looking for more than just a salary dump. They want assets. Does that mean J.J. Hickson? Just draft picks? Hickson plus picks? There were talks a few days ago that Cleveland was making a play for Jonny Flynn. Maybe this is all one big package deal being discussed.

Cleveland's not the only team making a play for Jefferson though. Marc Stein reports the Mavs have had some talks with Minnesota involving Eric Dampier, but the Wolves want picks along wth Dampier's attractive contract, and that's something Dallas doesn't want to include.

Posted on: July 9, 2010 3:35 pm

Heat trying work sign-and-trade with Cleveland

Posted by Royce Young

And you thought this whole LeBron thing was over, didn't you?

Ira Winderman, who reported the Heat were signing Mike Miller, drops what appears to be fairly massive news: Miami is working on a sign-and-trade with Cleveland .

What does that mean you ask? Well, it opens the door for more possibilities for the Heat. This would give Miami the resources needed to re-sign Udonis Haslem, Quentin Richardson and Dorell Wright. And as Winderman points out, this tactic would allow the Heat to retain its mid-level salary-cap exception for 2010-11, which it then could utilize to complete its planned signing of Miller.

But this move neither affects the Miller signing, nor the LeBron one. It's just another scenario in this ever-evolving situation of LeBron going to Miami. Winderman says Miller will sign with Miami either way. But if this is pulled off, it will just allow the Heat a lot more wiggle room, because Miller could sign for the mid-level exception.

And plus, with a sign-and-trade, LeBron also makes more money. Which is an interesting dynamic. All that goodwill talk about LeBron taking less money to go Miami goes out the door, because now he'll make the same he would've in Cleveland (six years, about $125 million). But on the flip side, by the Cavs helping themselves in getting something in return, even if it's just a draft pick or two, they also help LeBron make more money. Which is something I have a hard time seeing Cavs owner Dan Gilbert be a fan of. You know, because of the whole crazy letter thing .

Winderman also says the Heat have contacted Matt Barnes for a spot on the SuperFriends roster. It's all taking shape for the Heat right now and if the sign-and-trade happens, Miami might avoid having a roster full of minimum salary guys, but instead, a pretty legit contender. Kind of scary to think about.
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:25 pm

More misery in video form from Cleveland

Posted by Royce Young

Warning: This video might possibly cause light depression, even if you don't like the Cavs. Watch at your own risk.

That's some raw video from the AP from some establishments around Cleveland. As soon as LeBron mutters the words, "South Beach" you can literally see the air sucked out of the place. It was like someone shut the power off in the entire city. A couple people in the background appeared to be laughing in disbelief. You can even hear one fan shout out, "Turn it off! Turn it off! after the announcement. Somebody else yells, "Yeah, go jump on Wade's back!"

Yeah, I'm thinking this didn't go over that well there. On the other hand though, looks like the folks in Miami are happy .

Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:29 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 10:40 pm

I think this pretty much sums it up for Cleveland

Posted by Royce Young

You knew YouTube was going to have a say in this. And here's an early, yet pretty solid reaction video to LeBron's decision to go to the Miami Heat from a Cleveland fan.

There's already some footage of Cleveland fans burning LeBron's jersey in the streets. Michael Wilbon asked LeBron what he thought of this kind of reaction to the news. LeBron said, "I can't get involved in that. One thing I didn't want to do was make an emotional decision. I wanted to do what was best for LeBron James and LeBron James is going to do to what makes him happy. To put the shoe on the other foot, if the Cavs would have got rid of me at one point, would my family have burned down the organization? Of course not. I mean this is a business and I had seven great years in Cleveland and I hope the fans understand that, but maybe they won't."

Yep, evidently not.

Posted on: July 8, 2010 12:03 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 8:00 pm

LeBrocalypse: Cavs trying to get Jonny Flynn

Posted by Royce Young

 Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer tweeted at around 11:30 a.m. ET that the Cavs were in active trade talks with the Timberwolves to acquire point guard Jonny Flynn. Flynn is represented by LeBron's agent as well as LRMR, LeBron's marketing firm.

Two interesting things here: 1) Can Cleveland really sway LeBron's decision at this point with a trade like this? Is that the reasoning behind it? Or are they already trying to move on? Regardless, obviously the major, most pressing concern for LeBron in returning to Cleveland is the supporting cast. So the Cavs are trying to remedy that by grabbing a promising young point guard. Makes sense. But this is like 11th hour stuff here. Maybe LeBron already knew about these talks a week ago. Maybe the Cavs promised LeBron they were going to be active in the trade market to improve the team. Or again, maybe they're trying to move on. Who knows. Well, we'll know in about nine hours I guess.

2) David Kahn trading a point guard? So maybe that's why the Wolves talked with Luke Ridnour. Can't just trade Flynn away and then have a reasonable amount of point men, no. Kahn's got to have his garage full of them. But seriously though, trading Flynn could potentially open up the door to bring Ricky Rubio over in the next few years. Rubio was miffed when the Wolves drafted Flynn. Maybe clearing that spot could help relations a bit. This could actually make a little sense. That is until we see the deal is probably for Mo Williams and Daniel Gibson.

Whatever the case, if this trade happens, it'll add a little more drama to a day that's already chock full of it. And that's really what we need, right?

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