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LeBron James is not exactly lying low

Jul 25, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

Apparently LRMR’s idea of damage control is “If you’ve got it, flaunt it.” brings us the story of LeBron’s weekend in Vegas. James pulled out of Team USA’s trials in Turkey due to the stress of his business ventures and adjustment to wherever it was he was going to wind up in free agency (which was resolved within two weeks of July). But don’t worry, he was out in Vegas to support the team. And by “support the team,” I mean, “party in Vegas with Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul (which should make Hornets fans just giddy after the last week).”

Okay, that’s a little unfair. There are legitimate reasons for James not to participate in the World Championships, and whatever he wants to do in his free time is his business. But in case you were wondering, a “quiet weekend with friends” was not exactly the hook.

Friday night, James partied at Lavo at The Palazzo, featuring several NBA superstars, a cake in the shape of his jersey, and a champagne-drenched VIP experience at Lavo’s nightclub. But he was just getting started. Saturday, James and his entourage were joined by Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul at Tao Beach. They were greeted by this experience, via the Examiner:

“At one point the fans in the pool chanted his name and James pulled out his camera to capture the moment. “


James and company enjoyed dinner and dancing at Tao that night, including a cake in the shape of, get this, a gigantic crown (seriously, click through for the images).

If the spectacle of “The Decision” made people sick of James, stuff like this isn’t going to help his image rehabilitation. Then again, maybe at this point James simply doesn’t care. And judging by the presence of fans at the events, it would appear most people aren’t turning on James the way the media and, well, the entire state of Ohio (rightfully) has.

Oh, and yeah, Chris Paul spent the entire weekend hanging out with LeBron James. So there’s that.

  1. Cordae - Jul 25, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    Matt I’m sensing the feeling that youre a bit mad that you cant live his kind of lifestyle. Now that he and Chris Paul are partying together, NO fans should be upset? Why? They arent doing anything different from what they’ve been doing. They’re young and rich, who cares that they are partying? Smh, if this is news maybe you should post how the rest of the superstars spent their weekend…

  2. bret - Jul 25, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    agree with Cordae

  3. RG - Jul 25, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Matt you should hit up Florio from PFT. You two can gossip about athletes together…

  4. Ed - Jul 25, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Queen James has them all living together in Riley’s old house that he bought.
    Real weird with Queen living with Wade bosch and now Paul is added to the list.

  5. SonOfaNOLA - Jul 25, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    I sure hope Paul makes it back in time for his meeting, actually his hostage negotiation scheduled here in New Orleans for tomorrow. The only thing that will be missing is Paul with a gun in his hand up against Dell Demps’ head.
    As for the dethroned King James I am just shocked that the guy didn’t have a life sized cake of himself.

  6. Clancy - Jul 25, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    Matt, it’s obvious that you are just jealous that you aren’t anywhere near the caliber/life style of these rich and famous young men…and you never will be. In fact, you are not doing a credible job as a journalist, and should be fired for incompetence. To begin, Labron James did nothing wrong on the “decision” show. These guys, along with being GREAT athletes (unlike you) are also entertainers for the NBA. Labron was simply fulfilling that role by adding a little drama to his decision…which I feel was handled properly. The media gets upset when they can’t find some slimy way to get someone to tell them ahead of time…which really made most media cronies mad that he kept his secret to the end. What’s really sad about this is that you little media wimps continue to spread your own lies and deceit even though the world knows that Labron gave Cleveland a lot more than they deserved (considering the obvious racist attitude of the Cavs owner.) If he had any class, he would have thanked Labron for giving the city all he did throughout his full contractual agreement…and for bringing him (the owner) more millions than he would ever have made as an owner, without Labron. Those brain-dead fans who were burning his jersey (who were the ignorant minority of Cleveland fans..I think) sounded a lot like You…I say, let’s pat Labron on the back for being smart enough to take control instead of allowing these owners to control the players as they have all these years. Anyone with half a brain could see that the owners have been colluding to control the players in past years, and they would prefer to continue doing so forever. If it hadn’t been this group of guys, it would have been others (possibly a group from the European leagues). I plan to watch and enjoy this new dynasty for years to come.

  7. Billy Bob - Jul 26, 2010 at 12:24 AM

    First of all don’t write comments unless you at least know how to spell the name. It’s LeBron not LaBron. As far as all the racist remarks that is just showing ignorance. The owner of the cavs would of said that whether LeBron was black or white. Had nothing to do with race. I think white people need to start screaming racism every time something is said about them. Blacks have been doing it for years and showing ignorance and stupidity. The owners should have some control. These pro athletes today are discustingly overpayed and are pampered way to much. That and the fact that players are willing to walk away from their families and children to go play for a discusting championship that will forever be tarnished is sick. We need to have better family values in this country. I hope the girlfriends and wives of these guys that decide to do this start standing up and taking them for everything they have so they and the kids can stay with their family. At least then the big contracts would be going to the children instead of being blown away in vegas.

  8. Anida Blackman - Jul 26, 2010 at 12:59 AM

    Billy Bob, you’re talking about people’s spelling but you spelled disgusting as discusting? hmmmm. Anyway Lebron James did give a lot for the city of Cleveland and that franchise. He saved that franchise by himself and shouldered a great deal of pressure as a very young man. When you speak about the vast amount of money which athletes are paid you need to take into consideration that they ‘abuse’ their bodies for the sake entertainment and because they wouldn’t be able to play the sport they play all their lives its only right that they make as much as possible now. With the exception of golf I think Athletes salaries are generally justified considering the fact that they create employment and revenue for many. Anyhow, I didn’t like how Lebron executed his decision but he was well within his rights to do so. Also the owner could have handled the situation a lot better even though he clearly was hurt(I don’t think anyone would argue). Cleveland is hurt and understandably but also Lebron needs to do Lebron James and not shoulder Cleveland because when the curtain shots its only him that would regret it! I look forward to the Miami Heat as it was always my team! and as for racism…Come on guys…lets not get into that…Billy Bob…Black people went through plenty crap and still is. Its like critisizing women when you don’t know their plight….Just let it be…racism is not an issue…Peace people!

  9. Bobby J - Jul 26, 2010 at 1:06 AM

    First of all moron Clancy, learn how to spell LeBron. James is a lying scumbag and believe me, no one is jealous of that lying egotistical piece of dog sh#(. All he cares about is himself and making money. For all the kids in Akron that he stabbed in the back, I really hope he gets it back. This kid, not a man, will never be a role model. I watched this kid play high school ball and the pro’s. Spent thousands of dollars on tickets and souveniers. He promised championships, he promised that he was committed to northeast Ohio, he promised to give more to charity. Well he never came through. When CC Sabathia left Cleveland. He took out a full page add in the Plain Dealer thanking all of the fans and how he would miss Cleveland. Scumbag James just left like a immature pussy that he truly is. You will see as time goes on that this kid will fall, and fast.This punk deep down inside is evil.

  10. Yosef - Jul 26, 2010 at 5:26 AM

    Matt, what’s up man? Had a rough weekend? Whole lotta attitude in these posts, hope everything is going okay for you.

  11. Captain Obvious - Jul 26, 2010 at 7:20 AM

    And you all keep coming back to read and comment…
    Seriously, it’s a blog, not a newspaper or magazine. Matt can really write about whatever he pleases. Who cares? Get over yourselves. There are plenty of other blogs out there.

  12. I hear that - Jul 26, 2010 at 8:02 AM

    I know, right! It’s like these minions get off “defending” the people that get posted about. It’s just entertainment, folks. Just sit back and enjoy. I hate how the Internet has evolved the fan.

  13. F*ck LeBron - Jul 26, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    I love people who make spelling mistakes, who gets mocked for it by someone else who makes spelling mistakes, and they get mocked and ridiculed for pointing out someone elses mistakes while still mistakingly spelling words themselves… and so on and so forth.
    LaBron = LeBron
    discustingly overpayed = disgustingly overpaid
    souveniers = souvenirs
    critisizing = criticizing
    If I’m going to bash someone for spelling mistakes, I am going to make damn sure I spell everything correctly. Just a little bit of common sense there people.

  14. Polo from Florida - Jul 26, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    This is not news. Athletes should enjoy themselves and live a little.
    I understand people are still upset about the DECISION but this has turned into a circus fuelled by the media.Is the media going to go into Lebron’s trash can to report what he ate last night.The man has the right to party with whoever he wants to. Matt moore, stop player hating!

  15. Anonymous - Jul 26, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    F*ck LeBron said:
    I love people who make spelling mistakes, who gets mocked for it by someone else who makes spelling mistakes, and they get mocked and ridiculed for pointing out someone elses mistakes while still mistakingly spelling words themselves… and so on and so forth.
    I am going to make damn sure I spell everything correctly. Just a little bit of common sense there people.
    For the record, it should be: “I love people who make mistakes, who GET mocked for it….”
    If you are going to be so marvelous in your own editing skills, do it right before you make an ass of yourself.

  16. LeBron is a..... - Jul 26, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    LeBron is such a little pussy. That is all there is to it. He is a little pussy bitch who can’t ever be THE man. He knows it. He should stop acting like he is really something. Because he has admitted he is nothing.

  17. Jared - Jul 26, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    LOL @ all of you people thinking a man who just signed a NEW 100+ million dollar contract and is roaming Vegas with superstars is worried about negative comments on a blog coming from middle aged/ middle class haters,the same haters that would give their right arm to be in his position…Matt you’re a disgrace to journalism…bashing this young man because he made a decision YOU didn’t like and saying he is self absorbed because he’s partying with friends????what???you can’t name one 25 year old guy in America that wouldn’t want a party thrown for them in Vegas with people chanting their name!!!! Get over it and report sports N E W S

  18. LeBron's Vagina - Jul 26, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Hey, I (LeBron’s Vagina) can’t help that I was born a pussy!

  19. Josh Tucker - Jul 26, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    mistakingly = mistakenly
    I love people… who gets mocked = I love people… who get mocked (subject-verb agreement)
    someone elses mistakes = someone else’s mistakes
    Before you criticize others and claim that you would never do as they do, you ought to make sure that you have the capacity to actually deliver on your promise.
    As for everyone else (well, who am I kidding… I read the first few comments and then jumped to the conclusion, rashly but probably not unreasonably, that most people here are idiots) — what are you, eleven? “You’re just jealous!” Really? That’s the best you’ve got?
    The reason Matt doesn’t report on every other star that parties it up in Vegas is because it isn’t germane to a larger conversation that is already taking place, fairly prominently, at the national level. In the case of LeBron (and by association, to some extent, Chris Paul), that conversation centers around egotism, narcissism, and the way in which LeBron James’ attitude and actions, in general, negatively impact his image.
    It’s a pretty big conversation in the world of sports right now, and seeing as how this specific event is highly relevant to that conversation and Matt is, you know, a sports writer, it actually seems pretty appropriate.
    As to the event itself, it is specifically this type of self-aggrandizing, egotistical narcissism that is causing quite a lot of people to develop a negative attitude towards LeBron James. It is in the same vein as getting “Chosen1” and “Witness” tattoos, wearing “Witness” t-shirts, referring to himself as “The King” or “King James,” etc. It turns people off.
    And before you question whether the general population’s attitude towards one of the biggest stars is a worthwhile topic of conversation, note that it always has been in the past — whether we’re talking about Kobe Bryant, Terrell Owens, Barry Bonds, or any other superstar athlete who, at some point in their career, has been perceived as having an unfavorable attitude. Why should this be any different?
    Matt isn’t reporting this because he’s jealous — if anything, such a comment reveals more about him than it does about you. He’s reporting it because it’s news, because it’s information people want to know about, and because it’s relevant to an already existing, not to mention fairly prominent, ongoing story. That’s what journalists do.

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