Tuesday, March 29, 2011
In what has to be a first for professional sports, an uninjured player skipped the starting line-up introductions. Not a big deal, unless you consider that the player was LeBron James and the starting line-up introductions were in Cleveland. This wasn't your every day, average game between two teams with disparate records at the end of March. The majority of fans who attended the game were there just to boo LeBron (and cheer on the Cavs secondly). The starting lineups were part of the main attraction for this game, and whatever excuse Bron has for hiding in the locker room is going to come off as lame (especially since he said he was in the rest room). Once again, whoever's advising LeBum really needs to reconsider their career. Even if it's not that big of a deal, don't you think you'd want to show how tough you are and withstand the boos from all of those fans who cheered you for so long? Maybe LeBron really has accepted his villain role, and the best way to combat 20,000 people who curse out you and your mother is to not even give them the satisfaction. Or maybe he was just taking a dump (I guess he is allowed that). Or maybe he just punked out.
Either way, the Cavs put on a good show for their long suffering fans, nearly blowing a 23 point lead (Mike Bibby led the charge for Miami hitting a ton of 3s)and withstanding a strange call at the end of the third quarter in which the refs awarded a 60 footer to Bron that came after the buzzer because the clock started early instead of just giving them a do-over. Still, the Cavs hung tough behind their scrappy group of no-names and the new Ocho Cinco (Baron Davis) and overcame Bron's triple double. Good for them and good for Cleveland. They still got their boos in at the end of the game.
Here's video of the subtle throat slit hand gesture Bron made at someone in the crowd last night as the Heat began their third quarter rally. Not sure who it's directed at (could have been one of his friends or family members if he has any left in the Ohio area) but there it is.