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LeBron James calls Cleveland 55-point loss “karma”

Jan 12, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

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It was a historic, epic loss by the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night. They didn’t just lose to the Lakers, they were an embarrassment. James Naismith was rolling over in his grave. The final score, 112-57, had people shaking their heads.

Except for LeBron James, who tweeted this late Tuesday night:

Crazy. Karma is a b****.. Gets you every time. Its not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!

Wow.

Not exactly taking the high road there.

We’ll let LeBron’s thought’s stand with just one little thought: He’s right that Karma is a b****, but I’m not sure he really understands how Karma works if he’s rubbing salt in the Cavaliers’ wounds. That comment is going to come boomeranging back someday.

  1. hnirobert3 - Jan 12, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Take the high road? You expect him to sit there and get bashed by everyone and just take it? The vile and poison that’s being thrown on him by everyone, Dan Gilbert’s voodoo letter, the comments about his mother, etc., and this tweet is where we draw the line? Give me a break.

    • ihavnotalentsinsb - Jan 12, 2011 at 11:49 AM

      He is an idiot. He brought all of this upon himself and based on the comment he layed it obviously is getting the better of him. BUT y should he care with the millions he has? He doesn’t care he is just playing a game of making a fool out of everyone.

    • garyfromil - Jan 12, 2011 at 1:18 PM

      Lebron has never won a championship at any level. With him being the “star” Cleveland has had multiple early exits from the playoffs.

      Miami today is an above average team, but I would not even put money on them reaching the NBA finals. Any talk of them beating the Bulls regular season win record is long gone.

      James has talent but no discipline and a weak work ethic. Hard work and discipline is what set Michael Jordan apart from everyone else.

      The spectacle last summer of a guy with no accomplishments toying with the rest of league has led to his “bashing”. To be fair, he was badly served by his agent and PR team.

      He needs to be quiet until he actually wins something.

      • petermcd88 - Jan 12, 2011 at 3:17 PM

        1. “Lebron has never won a championship at any level. With him being the “star” Cleveland has had multiple early exits from the playoffs.” Lebron won a championship in HS so he did win in the lower levels. Last year the Cavs lost in the second round but he has lead them to the finals and conference finals so I wouldn’t qualify that as an early exit.

        2.”Miami today is an above average team, but I would not even put money on them reaching the NBA finals. Any talk of them beating the Bulls regular season win record is long gone.” An above average team that has 30 wins and wins by about 10 points per game. What is your definition of a good or great team. They struggled early so they can’t beat the Bulls record this season but even Phil Jackson said they have the potential to do it in the future.

        3. “James has talent but no discipline and a weak work ethic. Hard work and discipline is what set Michael Jordan apart from everyone else.” Have you compared Lebron in High School to Lebron now? Have you see the increase in pure physical size without losing speed or agility? that is not possible without hard work

        4.”The spectacle last summer of a guy with no accomplishments toying with the rest of league has led to his “bashing”. To be fair, he was badly served by his agent and PR team.” Before the Decision, the president of the United State and mayor of New York commented on his free agency. He was on Larry King. ESPN was 24/7 Lebron and even had their own hour long free agency summit. Based on all the attention it got from both sports, news and entertainment media outlets all over the country it is hard to imagine his free agency being announced on the bottom line of ESPN.

        5.”He needs to be quiet until he actually wins something.” But then what would you be able to do with your spare time other than hate Lebron!

      • borderline1988 - Jan 12, 2011 at 4:11 PM

        petermcd88:

        I love Lebron as a player – he is in my opinion the best player in NBA history besides Michael Jordan (people put too much emphasis on ‘winning’ – winning has a lot to do with talent but much more to do with circumstance than anything else. Is Derek Fisher an all-time great?). I also completely respect his decision to leave Cleveland – that team clearly stinks as evidenced by this season.
        But there’s no arguing that he is a self-righteous jerk. His stunts over the years have always hinted at that and the ESPN special just highlighted it. He was a hometown kid, who everyone in Cleveland loved. He was everyone’s hero, and his treatment of Cavs fans was gross. He never gave any type of sincere thanks for 7 years of worship and the only reason why he regrets it is for marketing reasons.

        But nevertheless, I am very intrigued by the Heat. I hate the Celtics, and considering my own Raptors are horrible, I’d love to see the Heat take down the Celtics in the playoffs!

      • petermcd88 - Jan 12, 2011 at 6:01 PM

        borderline1988:

        I disagree with your assessment of how he treated the fans. I saw the movie about his highschool team and when he was ruled ineligible he was far from worshiped. But when he won the state title he was loved again and people saw him as the Cav’s savior. During his time in Cleveland he doubled the Cav’s attendance and value. He won 2 MVP’s and lead him to deep playoff runs. Even after the loss to Boston everyone in the city wanted him. But when he left they called him a quitter and said he will never be an all time great.

        When looking at a player fan relationship you have to realize it is a self serving relationship. Fans love watching spectacular players. Players need fans to watch to increase revenue so they get endorsements and higher salaries. But when a player gets hurt, leaves, gets suspended the same people who scream how much they love you will start screaming that they hate you. So if you are a player you should not base a business and personal decision that will effect you the rest of your life on what a fan thinks. If he stayed in Cleveland and blew out his knee all the joy would be replaced with people calling him a bum and counting down the years until he can be used as an expiring contract.

  2. sknut - Jan 12, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    At some point LeBron just needs to move on, I don’t blame him for being mad but he has what he wanted to be on a championship caliber team. Why rehash the past, why go there?

    • secdominance - Jan 12, 2011 at 10:13 AM

      they haven’t let it go, why should he? If you gonna be about it, be about it.

      • hashfest - Jan 12, 2011 at 11:21 AM

        Fine…then take his face off

    • ihavnotalentsinsb - Jan 12, 2011 at 11:51 AM

      So being on the team with the best regular season record the previous 2 yrs is not a championship caliber team?

      • borderline1988 - Jan 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

        Wow where have you been this season>? I cannot believe you can make this comment in total seriousness while looking at the Cavs this season, which besides for Lebron and 2 dinosaur centres, are exactly the same team as last year.

        They only have one legit NBA starter on their roster (Jamison). Verajao is an excellent defensive forward, but unless he becomes more polished (like Joakim Noah, who actually has some decent post moves and a soft touch), he’s more of a rotation player than starter.
        Mo Williams, Parker, Jamario Moon, Daniel Gibson – these are your starting and rotation guards? Compare this with any of the elite teams in the league, and you’ll understand why the Cavs are so bad. None of these guys would get more than 8-10 minutes a game on the Celtics, Lakers, Spurs, Mavs, etc.

        Lebron was the team for 7 years. He was the reason why they were the best regular season team in the league 2 years running. But Lebron had an epiphany – no matter how many wins the Cavs had in the regular season, they couldn’t beat more complete and more talented teams in a best of 7 series.

  3. deiong - Jan 12, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    maybe LeBron will finally find God and leave all the sin lifestyle living….. well time to pray for him :)

  4. florida727 - Jan 12, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Dan Gilbert: “We’ll win a championship before (LeBron) does.”

    Rethinking that one yet, big guy? Maybe next time you’re recruiting a superstar to either come to, or stay with, your team, you’ll do something more than create a video cartoon for that player and his friends.

    If I were a Cavaliers fan, and thank God I am NOT, I’d boycott Gilbert until he takes winning seriously, and puts a product on the floor worthy of MY money being spent on supporting them. Until then, keep losing by 55, Danny boy, and most of your “fans” will treat home games like it’s Halloween… they’ll come disguised as empty seats.

    • vette78man - Jan 12, 2011 at 10:40 AM

      Gilbert spent buckets of money trying to surround LBJ with folks to support is talents, built a world-class training facility, put in place proven front-office folks. He takes winning seriously. The string of post-season appearances would support that. LBJ waited and waited and waited to anounce his decision — to the point that other top-shelf free agents had already signed with other teams. So by the time LBJ let the Cavs kbnow he was gone, there was no one to sign. It’s not so much the fact he left as “how” he left that stings. Cleveland fans for the most part still accept Jim Thome, Omar Vizquel, etc. — other Cleveland favorites who left for money, but didn’t rub the fans’ noses in it when they did. His “karma” statement is further proof the guy is in denial over his role in how people view him.

      • dwoods1213 - Jan 12, 2011 at 12:00 PM

        Really? Was that the same folks I saw getting their behinds crushed in LA last night? Were those the people he spent BUCKETS of money on to surround around LBJ? Get real! The string of post season appearances have to do with one person and one person ONLY and it’s NOT the owner. The Cavs have won 8 of 30 games! 8 of 30 since LBJ left Cleveland! No top shelf free agent was going to Cleveland WITH Lebron! Example: CHRIS BOSH refused to play in Cleveland and no one else was even talking Cleveland, including Stoudemire! You people with revisionist history kill me.

    • ihavnotalentsinsb - Jan 12, 2011 at 11:52 AM

      Get a clue. You have no idea what u r talking about.

      • petermcd88 - Jan 12, 2011 at 1:35 PM

        Dude you need to get a clue. If he signed with Miami on the first day of free agency they still would not have signed there. Besides the fact Bosh left money on the table to go there and Amare would not sign off to go there ( plus Cleveland stupidly would not part with Hickson) they still would not have money enough to offer money to a max guy. Maybe they could have gotten David Lee in a sign and trade if they had known early but he does not fit the Cavs. Please name one guy they legitimately had a shot at.

  5. anythingbutyanks - Jan 12, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Karma? Cleveland sucks. Not much karma to that.

    • ihavnotalentsinsb - Jan 12, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      Ohhh . I thought Cleveland Rocks? Atleast I remember hearing that in a song.

  6. lebronsinsecurity - Jan 12, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Seriously.. Keep defending this dude.. No other NBA great would ever say anything like that.. period. I can guarantee you that MJ and Kobe are just laughing at this dudes insecurities.. Not sure why he is so insecure, maybe being babied since he was like 12 caused it, who knows.. but I’ve never seen it so rampant in a guy with so much talent.. too bad, at least he has his Heat fans with blinders on..

    • hnirobert3 - Jan 12, 2011 at 11:52 AM

      Kobe is laughing at someone else’s insecurities? You’re delusional. Would any other NBA great whine and ask to be traded when they were on a team of scrubs, like Kobe was prior to getting Pau? Would any other NBA great run out the reason his team won multiple championships out of town because he was jealous (ie Kobe running Shaq out of town)? Stop putting Kobe’s name in the same sentence with MJ’s,

    • secdominance - Jan 12, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      Jordan and Kobe would have said worst. Heck , Kobe did. When asked if he felt sympathy for the Cavaliers Kobe responded, “None,” he said. “You forget who you’re talking to.”

    • dwoods1213 - Jan 12, 2011 at 12:05 PM

      You must be a Cleveland fan! You guys kill me. You burn his jersey, threaten his family, insult him and his mother and for what? Because he left a sorry city to play with stars and win championships! Kobe was doing the SAME thing until the Lakers went to get Gasol and Odom and Fisher so the insecurity lines are HILARIOUS!

      • lebronsinsecurity - Jan 12, 2011 at 12:59 PM

        There is a HUGE difference in what you guys are sayin.. I’m no Cavs fan.. I just call it like I see it.. I could care less where Lebron chose to play, I’ve always defended that. I’ve called out numerous Cavs fans for their silly antics.. I’m simply saying that Lebrons insecurities leave him answering every single stupid question the media asks him.. Nobody else does that.. they answer in the typical athletes PC way.. I’m amazed how personal you all take criticism towards your boy..Kobe’s antics were all about winning.. Lebron making comments on every single topic in the league is not about winning.. It’s simply saying “listen to me”..Insecure people do that. 50% of all celebrities share this quality and they take crap for it all the time.. It’s the same thing.. Dudes not a bad guy, he’s an amazing talent, he’s just insecure.. Why else would he care about what the abysmal Cavs are doing.. If he is so happy where he is and what his teams is doing, why the heck would he care or say anything.. He’s obviously can’t take the high road..the majority of people who can’t are insecure.. that’s it.. Go nuts. defend defend defend..

  7. lolatraidersfans - Jan 12, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Lebum accepts no blame, no criticism, no fault. Others have the problem in his mind. His index finger is permanently pointing at others. It’s just what he’s been taught since his formative years. It’s sad, I pity him mostly.

    • petermcd88 - Jan 12, 2011 at 2:06 PM

      I don’t know seeing as how the Cavs have won 1 of 21 maybe his index finger was pointed in the right direction in Cleveland

  8. hashfest - Jan 12, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Yo, LeStupid,

    When you blow your knee, karma will, indeed,be a bitch

    • vette78man - Jan 12, 2011 at 4:05 PM

      True karma would be an injury to his elbow – the one that was “injured” during the Boston series last year.

  9. yourrealmom - Jan 12, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Both sides have been guilty of talking trash..having said that when u make a “thats karma” statement it usually does come back to bite u in the ass because there is no time limit on a comment like that..people will wait for 20 years if they have to for something bad to happen to Lebron and they will throw this back in his face

    • secdominance - Jan 12, 2011 at 11:55 AM

      people made karma statements during the summer. You remember what Gilbert said in his letter don’t you? Seems like the city of Cleveland doesn’t have good karma. And if we’re talking about karma, the way they’ve treated Lebron is much worst than what Lebron has done to them

  10. metalhead65 - Jan 12, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    why don’t you just rename this site?call it the lebron report or something but why do you keep force feeding anything and everything about him?I am seriously sick of this guy and his it’s not my fault regarding clevland.the bottom line is he brought it all on himself with his decision debacle and has been running from it and making excuses for not wanting to play for cavs anymore. he was treated like a god there and despite what he and his defenders say they did their best to get him the help to win a championship there. it is not the cavs fault he took a max contract as the last one he signed with them is it?if he was serious he would have taken a little less so they could sign his sidekick superstar he wanted. funny he never whined about lack of talent when they were winning the most games n the nba 2 years in a row was he?granted that help did not come up big in the playoffs but don’t true superstars lift their team up on their own?if he had just manned up and said I don’t want to play for the cavs anymore and am moving on people still would have been upset but not as bad as they are now. it was and has always been about him. he wants the glory but none of the blame when things don’t go his way. I am not a cavs fan in any way but just sick of this guy! anybody who takes pleasure in his former teams demise like he is deserves whatever bad karma comes his way and it will,wonder what he will say about karma then?

    • petermcd88 - Jan 12, 2011 at 2:03 PM

      All super stars who win championships have guys who hit open shots in the playoffs. If Steve Kerr and Buchler and those guys never made clutch shots when Jordan was doubled, the Bulls would not have won 6 championships. As much as you like Mo Williams in the regular season he routinely chokes in the playoffs. The past two seasons the Cavs lost in the playoffs because guys stopped making shots they made in the regular season so the defense just converges on Lebron. The last time a Cavs player actually made open shots off of double teams was Boobie Gibson after that game where Lebron torched Detroit. Detroit made a conscious effort to limit Lebron but Gibson made them pay by actually hitting open threes.

  11. secdominance - Jan 12, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    People can take happiness in Lebron’s misfortune but when Lebron takes happiness in Gilbert’s misfortune he classless? How that work?

    • cordae - Jan 12, 2011 at 6:48 PM

      THANK YOOOOOUUUUUUUUU!!!!!! Post of the FREAKIN year!

  12. denverdude7 - Jan 12, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Just another comment by someone who at one time had a little class. Obviously, Bron-Bron no longer has any as evidenced by his departure from Cleveland.

    I am not talking about his signing with Miami. He had every right to play where he wished. Rather, the way it was done. He knew exactly what he was doing and how he was going about it that it would decimate the Cleveland franchise.

    Losing a player with the God-given talents Bron-Bron has would negatively impact any franchise. But waiting until the 11th hour to announce his “Decision” was about as low class a move as there ever has been in any sport.

    By his actions and timing of his announcement Bron-Bron insured the fact that Cleveland would have no time to sign other free agents and would be a non-competitive team for the 2010 – 2011 season and probably longer.

    This tells me one thing. Bron-Bron places himself above both his current and former team as well as the league itself.

    His intentions were not only to play where he wished to play, but to intentionally harm the Cleveland franchise as well.

    If that is not the definition of LOW-CLASS then tell me what is.

    • richamadichon - Jan 12, 2011 at 1:09 PM

      this is science. i dont blame him…….

    • hnirobert3 - Jan 12, 2011 at 1:45 PM

      Waiting until the 11th hour? I thought Dan Gilbert knew this was going to happen back in 2008/2009????

      • secdominance - Jan 12, 2011 at 5:01 PM

        Lebron stopped returning calls and texts to the Cavs 2 weeks prior to The Decision. I’m tired of people acting like this came out of nowhere

    • petermcd88 - Jan 12, 2011 at 1:55 PM

      That is a pretty stupid assessment.

      1.”Losing a player with the God-given talents Bron-Bron has would negatively impact any franchise. But waiting until the 11th hour to announce his “Decision” was about as low class a move as there ever has been in any sport.” So wait the brawl at the Palace, John Rocker talking about how much he hated New York because of all the immigrants, TO posing at the star were all more classy than a program that raised money for a charity?

      2.”By his actions and timing of his announcement Bron-Bron insured the fact that Cleveland would have no time to sign other free agents and would be a non-competitive team for the 2010 – 2011 season and probably longer.” The Cavs did not have enough money to offer a max contract. It was difficult to get free agents to come to Cleveland beforehand so how could they have done it without Lebron. If anything it gave them a chance to get a great coach in Scott who, no matter what he says, would not have taken the job with a 0% shot at Lebron.

      3. “This tells me one thing. Bron-Bron places himself above both his current and former team as well as the league itself.” Joining a team with another great player in that player’s city obviously reeks of selfishness. And it must be horrible for the league to have 2 of its best players in a larger market and winning at a high rate.

      4.”His intentions were not only to play where he wished to play, but to intentionally harm the Cleveland franchise as well.” I mean the point of free agency is for a player to sign where he wants. Also since you have never spoken with Lebron personally I don’t think you can infer that his intentions were intended to do anything other than win championships.

    • secdominance - Jan 12, 2011 at 5:00 PM

      how do you know what his intentions were? you have this insight into the man’s soul or something?

      • petermcd88 - Jan 12, 2011 at 5:33 PM

        I’m saying know one really knows how he felt about the city, the franchise, or the owner other than Lebron. We only know he went to a much better team than the one he left.

  13. willeyb296 - Jan 12, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Dear baby jesus… please show Lebum and his buddy Maverick the way to salvation.. Amen,

  14. henryd3rd - Jan 12, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    The saddest part of this entire Lebron James’ saga is that any one us who had to make the same decision either to stay in Cleveland or move to South Beach would have made the same decision. It’s plain jealousy on the part of his detractors. Plus has anyone seen the sights on South Beach during the Winter? The temperature right now is 63 degrees! Sweet! And the temperature in Cleveland is what?

    • cordae - Jan 12, 2011 at 6:51 PM

      4……..with a wind chill of -20…… =/….

  15. cordae - Jan 12, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    I was gonna do my daily “LeBron-defending” but “secdominance took avery word outta my mouth. Funny thing is, the same people bashing him for what he said are the same people who praised danny for his stupid antics. Good luck finding another superstar as long as youre the owner….

  16. progress2011 - Jan 13, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Everyone does not believe in turning the other cheek….I AM ONE OF THOSE FOLKS ! I believe entirely in the ” eye for an eye ” philosophy ! If you talk smack to me….you better have thick skin, because I will dish some back your way. If you slap me, run fast because I’m gonna bring out the lead !

    LBJ wasted 7 years of his career playing for a cheap-skate ! This guy surrounded LBJ with a group of dudes that cant beat an average WNBA team.

    Contractual agreements are a 50/50 relationship. LBJ did his job, Danny-BOY paid him. That was the agreement. Whatever happened after the contractual agreements were met by both parties, is irrelevant !
    Why is it O.K. for an owner to trade a player, with no notice, leaving him and his family in disrepair ! But a player has to follow his contractual and moral agreements to the letter or his name is ruined….Thats not fair business practices.

    Only unsuccessful business people have subservient attitudes in business. As an athlete, LBJ is his own small business firm and he conducted his business to place his business in the most powerful position possible. Who cares how he did it, as long as it was legal.

    If Danny-BOY was a smart business man, he would have been working on a Plan B. Every good business man/ woman ALWAYS have a plan B…Since Danny-BOY didn’t, that’ on him! Maybe he should ask LBJ to give him some classes on becoming a more savvy business man.

    GROW UP !!!

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