View Full Version : Lebron James Quits on Cavs?

11-09-2006, 08:24 PM
LeBron not walking away from criticism

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
November 9, 2006

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Every dribble, every dunk and every decision he makes is dissected. Some more so than others.

LeBron James understands that. He just doesn't get why some are saying he quit on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James was widely criticized on sports talk radio and by TV pundits for leaving the floor in the final seconds Tuesday night in a 104-95 overtime loss to Atlanta. After missing a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left, he began walking off the floor toward Cleveland's locker room while the Hawks dribbled out the clock.

James stopped near the baseline by Cleveland's bench and watched until the final horn sounded.

He was first condemned by Atlanta's radio team and their call was picked up by some national broadcast outlets on Wednesday. Later, James was being compared to wide receiver Randy Moss, who left the field before a game was over for Minnesota.

James, who has been under a public microscope since he was 16, doesn't think he did anything unusual.

"It's not like I walked off the court and came to the locker room while there was still time left on the clock," he said before Thursday's game against Chicago. "I stood on the court the whole time, until the buzzer's end, I even said something to (Hawks forward) Joe Johnson on his way out.

"It was kind of frustrating for us to lose that game, but as far as quitting on my team or anything like that, it's crazy. If we would have won the game, it would have never been mentioned. Say if we was winning the game and I did the same thing. Would it have been mentioned? I don't think so."

James didn't seem surprised that it was incorrectly reported that he left the floor completely.

"It was reported I was in Texas somewhere and I was at home," he said. "It was reported I was in Miami and I was home, so."

Cavaliers coach Mike Brown didn't know about the flap about James' late-game stroll until he was told by his son that it was being discussed on TV. Brown said he and James have discussed the uproar.

"We both understand there is a right way to do things," Brown said. "This business is the perception business and the right way to do it is to finish the game out on the court. It won't happen again."

James' walk wasn't even noticed by the Cavaliers, who defended their teammate and said he isn't the only one to leave the floor early.

"It's no big deal," forward Drew Gooden said. "LeBron is under such a microscope that every little thing he does gets noticed. I don't care what anybody says, at some point I'm sure Michael Jordan and Larry Bird walked off the floor with 13 seconds left."

Bulls coach Scott Skiles isn't shocked that James' move got so much hype.

"I'm not real surprised by anything the media gives attention to these days," Skiles said. "Every little things gets scrutinized ridiculously."

Skiles always played to the final horn, and knows that anything is possible when there is still time left.

"I've seen Reggie Miller score eight points in nine seconds, so it has happened," he said.

11-09-2006, 08:25 PM
I think this is a total non-story and that he did nothing wrong here, but I thought I'd post it to see your guys' input.

11-09-2006, 08:47 PM
I'm right there with lebron on this one...watching timeouts, presses and stuff when there's 20 seconds and your are down by 9 with 13 seconds left is a whip.

11-09-2006, 09:26 PM
Probably shouldn't have done it, but it's not a big deal.

11-09-2006, 09:45 PM
He should do it more often. For publicity stunts.

11-09-2006, 10:46 PM
This is a huge deal. The guy deserves to be roasted in the media for this. I cannot believe that you people are not making a bigger deal out of this... This is total sorriness from a guy that many of us thought was better than that. But, from now on, I'm going to just assume that he's just another selfish and sorry athlete until he proves otherwise.

If this would have been Artest, R.Wallace or any number of other players, you people would have been all over their ass. I understand that sometimes you cut guys a little slack because of their past, but this is not the case here. This is total sorriness.

11-09-2006, 11:46 PM
murph this isnt a big deal the game was over.

11-10-2006, 12:08 AM
Go spread your crazy somewhere else.

11-10-2006, 12:47 AM
non story

11-10-2006, 12:57 AM
wrong thread..

11-10-2006, 01:29 AM
If the guy stayed on the damn court for the whole game what exactly is the problem? People are acting like he left and went to Mcdonalds or something. The guy stayed until the game was over. Lebron has been such a class act people are waiting to jump on his ass for just about anything.

11-10-2006, 01:53 AM
Joe Johnson kicked his ass in overtime.. I don't blame him for completely checking out for the last 13 seconds. JJ has been unreal so far this year. I love his game.

11-10-2006, 01:56 AM
Maybe he had the trots.

11-10-2006, 02:04 AM
Boo fucking hoo. Guy walks with 13 seconds left. If he didn't care enough to wait 13 ticks, why should you?

11-10-2006, 09:33 AM
Lack of sportsmanship maybe. Quit on his team no.

11-10-2006, 09:43 AM
I think this is a total non-story and that he did nothing wrong here, but I thought I'd post it to see your guys' input.

11-10-2006, 10:42 AM
I think theres an important point here, he didnt leave the court or anything he just didnt jog back on defense for a possession in which there was no chance the hawks were gonna try to score. no big deal.

11-10-2006, 10:57 AM
Maybe he had the trots.

I think this is likely.

11-10-2006, 12:41 PM
Although i agree with most it wasn't a big deal, i will agree with Murph that if this was someone like Artest, Marbury or even a Mav, it would be a different story.

11-10-2006, 03:46 PM
This isn't a big deal imo at all