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LeBron James ignores ball boy, somehow this tells us about him as a person?

Apr 27, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

In the second quarter, LeBron James was re-entering the game against the Bulls Sunday, just like he always does. The camera closely follows his every move, just like it always does. He took off his sweats and threw them to the floor, just like every other NBA player.

And here’s your headline on Sports By Brooks:

No One Is Too Small For LeBron James To Belittle

Followed by the video of the ball boy being right there to collect LeBron’s sweats, and LeBron not taking the time or interest to hand everything to him.

No way the Knicks are going to pursue him after that display.

It all goes to show LeBron’s a prima donna, with an ego the size of New York (too big for Cleveland) and he doesn’t care about anybody but himself, right?

Wrong. That is a desperate stretch.

What LeBron did is pretty much what every NBA player does. They throw off their sweats and the ball boy runs and gets them — at the bench, at the scorer’s table, in the locker room, basically everywhere. Watch a few NBA games and you’ll see this is the norm.

Does that mean LeBron couldn’t have handed the ball boy the clothes? No, I guess he could have. But to try to infer some larger personality trait out of accepted and widespread NBA behavior is a fool’s errand.

I bet LeBron doesn’t always use his car’s turn indicator before making a right, too. What a b%*$#%.

  1. Jay W - Apr 27, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    You have to realize it was a CHICAGO BULLS ballboy.

  2. K. Brown - Apr 27, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    My questions to you Kurt is this. Why would you write the misleading caption to this article? Why even write the story at all? You fostered a negative impression of LeBron by your title; but in the article itself you suggest this is the way all NBA players do.

  3. Andrew - Apr 27, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    People must be really big, fat haters if they came up with a post like that. We’re at a point people will do everything in their power to hate on LeBron. They can’t really hate on his game since he’s a phenominal player so they come up with pathetic posts like that.
    Next headline: “LeBron doesn’t high-five little kid sitting courtside”
    Haters are pathetic.
    And I’m not even a Cavs fan.

  4. Haterade - Apr 28, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    Not an isolated incident re: character. Even HE has admitted to being a jerk, do some digging. The ball boy story wasn’t meant as a revelation, but as a further notch on his prick belt.

  5. Michael in FL - Apr 28, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    It wasnt Lebron who made the ballboy cry, it was his ego, larger than the state of Ohio. Really a non story until you realize the ball boy was the son of Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man In the World”
    Stay thirsty my friends.

  6. Justin LaLonde - Apr 28, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    well i don’t see it as lebron thinking he’s better than anyone kurt, and yes all other players do throw their sweats on the ground, but it’s not all the time that there is a kid standing right there wanting a player to just hand him their sweats. the fact is lebron blatantly threw his clothes on the ground, rude. i mean if you watch the video, you can see w/ his second shirt, he looks at the kids hand, almost thinks about just being a nice guy and then just throws the shirt on the ground, what a jerk. in conclusion, i hate lebron, always have always will, why does he get the title “king” when all he has accomplished is a scoring title and an mvp? o wait, he did take the cavs to the finals one year…remind me how that went again? o yea, they got swept by the spurs…that deserves the right to royalty in my book too.

  7. Justin LaLonde - Apr 28, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    well i don’t see it as lebron thinking he’s better than anyone kurt, and yes all other players do throw their sweats on the ground, but it’s not all the time that there is a kid standing right there wanting a player to just hand him their sweats. the fact is lebron blatantly threw his clothes on the ground, rude. i mean if you watch the video, you can see w/ his second shirt, he looks at the kids hand, almost thinks about just being a nice guy and then just throws the shirt on the ground, what a jerk. in conclusion, i hate lebron, always have always will, why does he get the title “king” when all he has accomplished is a scoring title and an mvp? o wait, he did take the cavs to the finals one year…remind me how that went again? o yea, they got swept by the spurs…that deserves the right to royalty in my book too.

  8. Anonymous - May 1, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    How can someone defend Lebron by saying this is what all the other players do? This is about treating humans like humans. I don’t care why you are or what the situation may be. It doesn’t matter how many other players do it. It’s still poor character. He’s about to put his warm-up down and because the ball boy is there to take it. He pulls it back and throws it on the floor. I’ve been to plenty of NBA games and I have never seen a player deliberately ignore the ball boy.
    Oh poor Lebron he’s always on camera. Anyone defending this behavior can just stay in the Kingdom of Douche. No more King James… He’s now King Douche Bag.

  9. Rolf - May 3, 2010 at 11:04 PM

    I saw this clip and lost all respect for James. I was on his band wagon. Could not be more disapointed. He’s a giant tool if he wasn’t a Bballer he’s not smart enough to work at Taco bell. F Lebron!

  10. SPman - May 4, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    There’s a difference between 1. not paying particular attention to the ball boy and 2. intentionally redirecting your clothes away from the ball boy. He went out of his way to throw the clothes on the floor. How do you not see a human being 6 inches away from you? Douche.
    EFF YOU PRINCESS LEBRON. EFFING PRICK.

  11. Buzz - May 5, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Egotistical, Arrogant, Pretentious. All words I would use to describe LeBron. I would also describe him as the best athlete and probably most talented player in the NBA. Still his personality is why I hate him. He the most undeserving athlete ever.
    What goes around comes around.

  12. You are wrong - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    Dear Kurt,
    You are a brain dead waste of space and no one loves you. Kill yourself.
    Of course it tells us about him as a person. How else to you analyze a person’s character?
    PS “What a b%*$#%.” I don’t know any “bad” words that start with a B and are six letters long dicknose.

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