LeBron James Not Apologizing For Way Things Ended in Cleveland

LeBron James got the best of the Cavaliers, lighting them up for 38 points Thursday night in a 118-90 win in Cleveland. Though the fans brought out the hate in the form of shirts, posters, chants, and urinal cakes, James responded with his best effort of the season, which included 24 points in the third quarter alone.

While LeBron left the fans with little to cheer for and only taunts to create, he did open himself up for more criticism in a postgame interview with Craig Sager on TNT. When asked if he had a message to the fans, LeBron said he wanted them to focus on the seven great years they had in Cleveland. He ended that response by saying he had the utmost respect for the franchise and fans, but his arrogance showed when he said he wanted to “just continue the greatness for myself here in Miami and try and get better every day.” That comment didn’t bother me like it did others, but LeBron’s response to a “life vest” question could have gone better. Here was the exchange:

Sager: You can’t go back with your decision but do you regret how it ended, would you like to apologize for the way it ended?

James: I don’t want to apologize. My intention was not to hurt anyone, my intention was solely on kids during the whole process. I always say the decisions I make I live with them. There’s always ways that you can correct them, or ways that you can do them better, but at the end of the day I live with them. I’m satisfied and I’m happy right now.

I agree about living with your decisions and trying to correct them, but LeBron won’t ever get past the way he did his “Decision” show. I would think he would try and be contrite every time the subject came up, if not because of genuine remorse, but at least for positive public relations. He also could have reminded us of his regret that they never won a championship in Cleveland, though after playing a long game I forgive him for leaving that out. Still, I would think LeBron would be trying to improve his public image with every opportunity he receives. Answers like that certainly do not help.

Cleveland Puts LeBron James Bobbleheads in Urinals for Cavs-Heat

Cleveland fans went all out in their hate for LeBron James on Thursday night. They booed him during introductions, every time he touched the ball, and they chanted “a** h***” half the time as well. They came up with creative t-shirts, coreographed stunts, and my favorite was what they did with the urinals. Inside the Q, they had LeBron bobbleheads in urinals so fans could literally pee on LeBron. Check out the pics:

Coming from people who burned LeBron’s jersey I’d call the urinal replacements a mild act. Honestly, I bet Dan Gilbert (as much as he despises LeBron) would love to have James back every week. The crowd was large and involved, something that isn’t inspired by the likes of Jamario Moon and Anthony Parker.

Photo Credit: Lucas Read

Clippers Announcer Ralph Lawler Misses Spurs Game Because of Traffic

If you’re unfamiliar with Southern California traffic, let this be your introduction. Clippers television play-by-play man Ralph Lawler missed the Clippers-Spurs game on Wednesday night because he was stuck in a massive traffic jam. Apparently Lawler commutes from La Quinta to Downtown Los Angeles for games, a 135-mile, two and a half hour drive each way.

Don’t ask why anyone would make such a commute (unless you’re Kobe Bryant and taking a helicopter to games), but Lawler got screwed in the day-long huge pileup on I-10. The freeway was jammed from 7am on because of separate accidents between Cabazon and Palm Springs that resulted in two fatalities.

Lawler has been broadcasting Clippers games for 31 years, dating back to their days in San Diego. Just his luck that he didn’t make it to the arena to see the Clippers beat the Spurs 90-85. That was the first win by the Clippers over the Spurs since March 7, 2006 — a span of 18 losses. The Clips now have just four wins on the season, but they’ve come against some of the league’s best teams — the Hornets, Thunder, Spurs and Kings. I guess you need a winning percentage of at least .800 to get the Clippers’ attention.

Dan Gilbert, Cavs Hire Law Firm to Investigate Miami Heat Tampering

If Dan Gilbert expects people to believe that he’s “over” LeBron James after he was angry enough to send Cavaliers fans this letter just a few months ago, he’s even crazier than we thought.  What’s particularly convenient about the whole LeBron returning to Cleveland situation is that just one day after Gilbert told reporters he has moved on from King James, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting something quite contradictory.

According to Wojnarowski, the Cavs have dumped “hundreds of thousands of dollars” into a well-known Midwestern law firm to investigate the notion that the Miami Heat broke NBA tampering rules when pursuing LeBron James.  Two sources with direct knowledge of the situation even told Yahoo! Sports that Gilbert will “spare no expense to uncover whatever evidence he can to take to the league office.”  If those are the actions of a man who no longer cares, I’d hate to see what Gilbert would do if he was still upset.

By league standards, the Heat obviously tampered with LeBron.  No Miami representative was allowed to speak with James about joining the Heat prior to the start of free agency on July 1.  I don’t think there’s a person in the world who thinks LeBron, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh haven’t been talking about the possibility of playing together for about two years now.  Just look at this report, which is from June 29.  Proving it?  That will be a difficult — if not impossible — task.

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Report: Magic, Wizards Discussing Gilbert Arenas Trade

It would appear the Gilbert Arenas-to-Orlando talk is back on.  It’s been no secret that the Magic are looking to make a trade.  They know that in order to get past teams like the Celtics and Heat in the Eastern Conference, they’ll need someone who can consistently put the ball in the basket.  Will they give Arenas a shot to be that guy?

According to Orlando Pinstriped Post, via J.E. Skeet’s Twitter, the Magic and Wizards are once again discussing a possible swap that includes the troubled Washington guard — who has a recent history of knee issues.  Arenas is owed more than $60 million over the next three seasons, and after the gun incident and all the discplinary problems surrounding him it has become clear the Wizards are trying to phase Agent Zero out.  The first step, of course, was drafting John Wall with the first overall pick in the draft.  The next could be getting something in return for Arenas.

According to the report, the only name that is off-limits in discussions is Dwight Howard.  Any deal would likely involve Vince Carter — who could bring a veteran presence to the Wizards and help mentor John Wall — and could include Andray Blatche, Rashard Lewis, or Daniel Orton.  Both teams reportedly understand what the other side would need to complete the deal.

As OPP points out, the Orlando Sentinel reported earlier in the week that the Magic are “willing to take a step back” by making a trade if it would improve their team for the long term.  With his age (28) and history of knee problems, I don’t really see how Arenas and his massive contract would be the solution.

Derrick Rose Breaks Tyreke Evans’ Ankles (Video)

On Saturday evening, Derrick Rose returned from injury to the Chicago Bulls lineup and led his team to a victory over the Sacramento Kings.  He also promptly broke Tyreke Evans’ ankles.  Either that or the floor was very slippery and somebody should wipe it off before somebody gets hurt.  Have a look at the video of Derrick Rose breaking Tyreke Evans’ ankles, courtesy of Deadspin via YouTube user CozSweaters:

One professional athlete just shouldn’t be able to do that to another.

LeBron Bumping Into Erik Spoelstra Video Highlights Heat Over-Coverage

Between the Keep LeBron Out Web site and high ratings for the Miami Heat, we know they’re a popular yet polarizing team. But at 9-8 on the season, we don’t know if they even warrant the coverage. What we do know is that every angle of this team is covered to endless depths and that their news is frequently sensationalized. Take for instance this video from Saturday’s loss at Dallas. ESPN was playing this video on its SportsCenter loop, suggesting tension between Heat forward LeBron James and coach Erik Spoelstra. Check out LeBron bumping Spoelstra and let me know if you think anything of it:

At most, LeBron bumping Spoelstra indicates a lack of respect for the coach on the player’s behalf. At the least, it shows a guy heading to the bench after a timeout was called, who happened to bump into someone in his path because he was busy being pissed off at the team’s poor play. Maybe I’m just an optimist who still believes the Heat will improve drastically as the season goes on. Maybe I’m just missing the premonitions of Spoelstra’s eventual firing. Phil Jackson probably has our answer.