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Daniel Gibson takes issue with LeBron’s “die down in the moment” comment

Jun 1, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT

Daniel Gibson

After the Miami Heat defeated the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron said that “I wanted to team up with some guys that would never die down in the moment. The opportunity presented itself with this great organization and we made it happen.”

Daniel Gibson, a longtime teammate of LeBron’s and one of his closest friends when James was with the team, apparently took issue with LeBron’s comments, and had this to say on The Dugout Sports Show Podcast today:

“The way it’s said, you can’t help but take it personal. I would prefer to talk to him personally and say, ”Exactly what did you mean when you said this comment? What point were you trying to make?”…I take comments like that and when you speak out and you feel the need for everybody to hear what you are saying, it’s kind of like admission.

By you saying that, I don’t think great players should feel the need to say this about a team or say that about a team. I think what it all boils down to if you’re great, you go play great, be great and everybody will realize you’re great. And you wouldn’t have to let it be known that everybody else was less great.

Great players shouldn’t have to do that. So I feel like it’s kind of an admission. He might have needed some help. He might have needed to go somewhere and find someone who is a little greater so maybe he wouldn’t die down in those moments.”

Gibson was a crucial part of LeBron’s first run to an NBA Finals — everyone remembers LeBron’s 48-point performance in Detroit that gave the Cavaliers a 3-2 lead in the 2007 Conference Finals, but Gibson was instrumental in closing out the Pistons when the then-rookie scored 31 points and made all five of his threes in the clinching Game 6.

  1. david8726 - Jun 1, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Hey – Another story where someone is freaking out because of something LeBron said.

    I’ve never seen this before.

  2. randommofo - Jun 1, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Boobie has been terrible since those playoffs- plus I’m pretty sure LeBron is talking about players like Mo Williams and Antawn Jamison who were complete no shows

  3. cavsqueen - Jun 1, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    I’m glad one of the Cavs has the backbone to speak up. LeBron has thrown his former teammates under the bus too many times since he left. Shifting the blame, LeBron, to avoid shouldering any responsibility for your actions? The truth is, LeBron is the one who “died down in the moment.” He’s the one who quit in the playoffs one year ago, not his teammates. Anyone who watched his game regularly could see that he engineered that final loss to Boston with his bad play and bad attitude. LeBron, look in the mirror. Boobie, thanks for standing up for the team and its fans.

    • david8726 - Jun 1, 2011 at 7:33 PM

      Ya, sure, the two time MVP and the current best player in the NBA was the problem for you guys. He’s the reason the Cavs lost.

      It wasn’t the crappy supporting cast that served up one of the worst records in the league the year after you left.

      It was all Brons fault!

      *sips kool aid*

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 1, 2011 at 7:56 PM

      Listen man, LeBron rubs me the wrong way but his teammates in Cleveland sans Delonte were a bunch of stiffs. They just were not good. I don’t blame the guy for leaving. They way he went about it was awful, but they were never winning anything there. That does not somehow make LeBron a sellout or a bum; it makes him smart. I honestly believe that if he could have gotten one of Bosh or Wade to go to Cleveland, he would have stayed. However, nobody wants to play there. Think about it. Boozer went to Salt Lake City rather then stay in Cleveland. That should tell you something.

    • trueballs - Jun 2, 2011 at 12:25 PM

      “he engineered that final loss to Boston with his bad play”

      i believe in the final loss of that series he had 27pts 19boards and 10 assists..or something like that. Sounds like a lack of effort.

  4. Justin - Jun 1, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    It he really takes that much issue with it why doesn’t he use it as extra motivation during the offseason. That seems more productive than crying to the media right away. Then maybe people will remember him more than just that guy who scored a then-rookie scored 31 points and made all five of his threes in the clinching Game 6.

  5. bhester1906 - Jun 1, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    Gibson shut up. You suck just as much as the other guys. So what he said it, it is not like he is lying. These guys won 19 games without Lebron. Why are they even being interviewed?

  6. barkley4life - Jun 1, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Dear Daniel Gibson,

    If it wasn’t t for LBJ you would be making the league minimum, if anyone benefits from riding someone’s coattails it would be you.


    Role players who know their Role

    • ljl2 - Jun 2, 2011 at 11:46 AM

      If it wasn’t for Gibson, the Cavs would have never made the finals. 31 points in the clinching game against Detroit…psh…facts.

      • southbeachtalent - Jun 2, 2011 at 2:20 PM

        And they wouldn’t have even gotten their without LeBron. For those that say Lebron was the problem?!!!? What can i say……

  7. dgbk - Jun 2, 2011 at 1:42 AM

    I agree wit gibson and i do like lebron but come on play ball and shut up. We get it cavs sucked and they died down in key moments but so did lebron.

    • silencegooddoer - Jun 2, 2011 at 12:35 PM

      Actually, LeBron “Died Down” because his mother “Went Down” on Delonte West! Why is this not spoken about? Pat Riley must have her banned from the Heat’s locker room! it is looking like she managed to keep her legs closed long enough for her baby to win a championship. Thats love.

      • southbeachtalent - Jun 2, 2011 at 2:24 PM

        You know I’ve always marveled at cowards as yourself that say things like that as an anonomous poster. I KNOW you wouldn’t say that to his face, be a man or woman (whatever you are) and learn to respect. That is beyond un-called for..

  8. edcolton - Jun 2, 2011 at 3:23 AM

    Heat-bulls. Rose stopped by Heat defense-took this team a time to become a team.

    Rosey stopped cold. MVP Most Vaunted Pretender. Most blocked shots on him by anyone.

    Everybody wants out in Cleveland – in all sports!

    Heat not a one-man team but a true team Big 3 + Miller, Haslem, Chalmers

    James had no help in Cleveland- he would have been worn out in 2 years.

    Kyrie Irving will make s mistake going to Cleveland. He will end up a nobody. A shame.

    James real smart heading South to the Beach.

    • blueintown - Jun 2, 2011 at 6:44 AM

      You travel many moons to post here. Talk like caveman.

      • southbeachtalent - Jun 2, 2011 at 2:27 PM


        That’s funny right there!! Or should I say – that funny. me like.

  9. jjstrokes - Jun 2, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    Why is it that every article not written by Kurt Helin is great on this blog?

  10. cooptroop08 - Jun 2, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    @blueintown, that was hilarious. thank you for the laugh.

  11. metalhead65 - Jun 2, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    look as long he is being an ass and blaming anybody and everybody but himself for the cavs mot winning just come out and say it. I was the best and the rest of the team sucked. I was the only reason the cavs had the best record 2 years in a row and went to the finals. I did it all except when it mattered in the championship series. it was the cavs fault they did not sign another superstar to play beside me,never mind that I demanded a max contract that took up cap space so they could not afford to get anybody with more talent than what I had around me. again if it was all about winning why not take less from the cavs so they could get you that superstar? why was it ok to take less from the heat to win but not the cavs? this is why people like me hate you,you are not man enough just say hey I don’t want to play in Cleveland anymore and am moving on. no instead you have to have a show to announce it and then make all the excuses you can to justify it. so great you get your title but you will never be seen as one of the all time greats for the way you went about doing it.

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