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Video: LeBron James dunks on youth camper

Jul 1, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

Finally, LeBron James exploited a mismatch inside and attacked the rim.

Of course, it was a month after the season was over and it was what appears to be an 11-year-old at a youth basketball camp. The home video is below — James misses a couple of wide-open jump shots (insert your own joke about that here) then after the second miss follows it by getting the ball, charging the rim and throwing down the dunk. Thing is, the kid was just standing under the rim after finishing his layup.

People want to get on LeBron for this, but the kid was clearly in the restricted area.

The kid’s handlers did not go around the gym and try to confiscate tapes of the video, which was a nice change of pace.

(Seriously, if you want read into this about LeBron’s personality or ego or what have you based on the video, um, pick a better fight. There are a whole host of things out of the finals worthy of discussion, but him messing around at a camp and accidentally knocking a kid over, that’s not serious in any sense of the word.)

Video via IamaGM.

  1. sboger3 - Jul 1, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    I love how you have to try and intimidate readers to not bash LeBron for this when any other superstar would get all sorts of crap for decking a kid at their own bball camp just to win a game of lightning. If he wants to dunk, sure, that’s what the kids want to see…but at all costs, including knocking a scrawny little kid over when he almost beat you and would have had that story to tell for the rest of his life? Just further proves how pathetic his ego really is. Regardless of how much you man-crush on LeBron wants you to dismiss this.

  2. jjstrokes - Jul 1, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    The best part is how he grandstands for at least 5 second after before he eevn checks to see if the kid is okay. I guess LeBron deserves to showboat; the kid was about to turn 12.

    • jebdamone - Jul 1, 2011 at 1:36 PM

      no, the best part was how pathetic both of lebron’s three point attempts were…as the camera kid says ‘knock down’ on both.

  3. mistercharitystripe34 - Jul 1, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Um, they’re just playing a game of knockout. LeBron at least helped the kid up. I understand getting on the guy for his sleepwalking through the Finals, but this is stupid. I guess it’s time for the meaningless stories to grow abundant now that the NBA is also in lockout status.

    • jjstrokes - Jul 1, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      He helped the kid after he cripped-walked across half-court. What if the kid was hurt?

      • david8726 - Jul 1, 2011 at 4:02 PM

        The kid wasn’t hurt. It was obvious right away that he was fine.

        You’re over-reacting.

      • southbeachtalent - Jul 7, 2011 at 2:41 PM

        Yea he coould have died people…

  4. Nadeem - Jul 1, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Dint he see a young kid under the basket. The kid could have been seriously hurt. Shame on u LeBron James. Next time try dunking on a NBA level talent.

  5. arc44 - Jul 1, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    James walking away (past the 3pt line) after the collision, then slowly walking back over to the kid to help him up is what I take issue with. Not the fact he knocked him to the ground, because that was clearly accidental. James acted like if the kid flopped. I am not saying this is a huge deal, just further evidence Lebron is truly classless.

  6. trueballs - Jul 1, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    There’s that killer instinct we’ve been waiting for LBJ! You see how he did everything in his power to knock out the kid before him? It was the right play


  7. metalhead65 - Jul 1, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Kurt, you need to stop your crusade to get everybody to love your boy Lebron . it is not going to happen with you constantly telling us what we should or should not get on him about. no the only way it will stop is if ever stops being a jerk and starts acting like a pro instead of a pampered baby. his whole the world revolves around me attitude is what turns people off and makes the majority despise his every move. nobody believes he made the dunk to hurt the kid on purpose but his reaction to it is what makes people despise him, really you are going to wait to he is past mid court to check on him? dunking on a 12 year old is a big accomplishment now?

    • jjared1101 - Jul 1, 2011 at 4:46 PM


      It is quite obvious Kurts love for LeBron. I still remember Kurts headline for Wade and James mocking Dirk after game 4. Something like… ” James and Wade mock Dirk, but it’s not a big deal”. Then saying how Wade, James and Dirk are all buddies.

      • jjared1101 - Jul 1, 2011 at 5:10 PM

        Just had to go back and see what Kurt wrote on that above mentioned article.

        “Really? This is an issue? If you want to hate on LeBron there are plenty of good, legitimate targets for you today, this is not one of them. Frankly, Dirk’s presser while sick was pretty funny. It was a mild 24-hour cold, not something serious. At the end of the day LeBron, Wade and Dirk are buddies who respect each other. There is no malice here, just some guys in team sports poking a little fun at each other. If you’ve ever played a team sport, you know the spirit this is intended in. ”

        Here is what he wrote today:

        “Seriously, if you want read into this about LeBron’s personality or ego or what have you based on the video, um, pick a better fight. There are a whole host of things out of the finals worthy of discussion, but him messing around at a camp and accidentally knocking a kid over, that’s not serious in any sense of the word.”

        So Kurt, what do we actually get to use as reasons for disliking LeBron?

      • david8726 - Jul 1, 2011 at 5:34 PM

        Don’t be obtuse for the sake of being obtuse. You know what are legit reasons to bash on LeBron.

        His failures in the 4th quarter of the finals.

        The stupidness that was “The Decision Show.”

        Those are the obvious answers.

        But this? This was just LeBron having some fun at his camp with the kids. If you notice, the kid who got dunked on was smiling and laughing afterwards. In this case, LeBron didn’t do anything wrong.

      • jjared1101 - Jul 1, 2011 at 7:26 PM

        Well David8726

        I might be a tad obtuse, but would you say “The Decision Show”, which you say yourself is a legitimate reason for disliking LeBron, is a character flaw, or knock on his character?

        I would say it is.

        So why would him showing poor character by mocking another NBA player be any different than showing poor character in “The Decision”? Both are reflections of him as a person and that’s what people don’t like.

        Just as being a 265lb man running over a kid who’s no more than 140lbs to dunk a basketball is an example of his character. He was concerned with looking good and showing how he can dunk rather than thinking about the kid parked under the basket who was knocked down by him. And on top of that, he wasn’t even concerned for the kid after it happened. He had to stare him down like he had accomplished something amazing first.

        What i was showing in my post was that Kurt, no matter how dumb LeBron is being, tries hard to justify his actions. Saying they are not a big deal, when obviously, it is a big deal.

        Can you imagine Kobe or Rose or Dirk for that matter mocking another player in the Finals, intentionally being in front of the camera? I can’t, because they have far more class and character than LeBron does.

      • david8726 - Jul 2, 2011 at 1:24 AM


        I think the decision was a bad choice made by a 25 year old being advised by other young men. It was an egotistical hour of television to be sure. But, I’m not going to go much further than that. Lots of people do stupid, egotistical things when they’re 25. It doesn’t make them bad people.

        In my opinion, you’re completely misreading the video in this thread.

        Lets start with what should be obvious to you – The kid was perfectly fine after the dunk. He sat up almost instantly after he went to the ground, and LeBron WAS concerned about the kid. He was there helping him up within 5 seconds after it happened.

        And afterwards, the kid was SMILING AND LAUGHING. People are bashing on LeBron for doing something that was supposedly terrible, but the fact is that the kid was obviously very happy afterwards.

        There was no malice in that dunk. People pay to go to a LeBron James camp, in part, so that they can see up close and personal LeBron’s power and athleticism. He chose to display it there, much to everyone’s delight…. Well, except for the people in this comments section.

        RE – Trash talk.

        Kevin Durant, someone who is supposedly a beacon of righteousness in the NBA, called Chris Bosh a “Fake Tough Guy” after one of their meeting in the regular season. I didn’t see you or anyone else vilifying him after he said that. So why do you have a double standard for LeBron mocking Dirk’s illness?

        Trash talk happens in the NBA. It’s part of the game.

      • jjared1101 - Jul 2, 2011 at 3:20 AM

        I’m not sure how old you have to be before you are considered of age or mature, but LeBron has been in the league now for 8 years. That’s a pretty good amount of time to develope some maturity and/or understanding of certain situations.

        What Kevin Durant said about Bosh some time earlier this season doesn’t really have a lot to do with LeBron and Wade mocking someone in the Finals who is carving them up. You’re doing a little bit of deflection, in my opinion, as to why people perceive LeBron as full of himself. But if you want to talk about that situation, mocking someone for an illness after a game you just lost in the Finals, and calling a guy out after a regular season game are not very comparable.

        So the kid didn’t get injured and was laughing and smiling after being dunked on by a professional athelete. Great. But looking at it from a responsible and adult point of view, most would conclude that you shouldn’t put a kid in harms way like that. Obviously LeBron wasn’t trying to hurt the kid on purpose, but he also wasn’t thinking about the kid when he was doing this dunk either. An adult or mature person would put there pride aside and make a decision to not bowl over a kid for the sake of a game because it was a kid. On top of that, acting like he was supreme for doing this dunk no matter how many seconds before checking on the kid is even more reason to see him for who he is.

        This isn’t a judgement of a guy based on this one incident. This is one of MANY things in the last year or so that has shown him to be a classless, arrogant, self-centered and immature individual.

        Being that he has so much “power and athleticism”, maybe he could have even tried to dunk while NOT bowling over the kid.

        I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree on this.

  8. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 1, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    I am trying to think of what is more pathetic…

    1) LeBron running over the kid

    2) LeBron cheering like he just dunked on a 7-footer

    3) The idiot filming it and his 30 second laugh about it

    4) Kurt’s continuing to try to make everybody love LeBron.

    I am leaning toward #4.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 1, 2011 at 5:37 PM

      Kurt is a LeBron fanboy…I have come to accept that. More on topic, what the hell was LeBron doing? The kid was standing right there.

      • mytthor - Jul 3, 2011 at 3:12 AM

        LOL @ Kurt being a LeBron “fanboy,” can’t tell you how much time he spent on LeBron vs Kobe on Forum Blue and Gold coming down on Kobe’s side.

  9. lunasceiling - Jul 1, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    He made the shot? Clearly not the 4th quarter, then…

  10. goforthanddie - Jul 1, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Nice to see he finally found someone he can beat.

  11. david8726 - Jul 1, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Kurt has made posts that have been positive and negative about LeBron all year.

    Yet, for some reason, the anti-Heat and anti-LeBron people around here interperate ANY post that’s in any way positive about LeBron as “an attempt to get us to like him.”

    You guys are seeing things. All Kurt is doing is posting the facts and stories like this that are interesting tid-bits during the offseason.

    Anyway, it looks to me like everyone, including the kid, were having a good time at this camp. No need to bash LeBron for doing something that’s undeniably positive in hosting a camp like this.

    • jjstrokes - Jul 1, 2011 at 5:54 PM

      Every NBA player spends most of their summer with kids at basketball camps you schmuck. And they get paid very well for being involved with those camps.

      • southbeachtalent - Jul 7, 2011 at 2:42 PM

        And I’m sure that kid will always remember that experience. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

  12. cosmicatomic - Jul 1, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    THUMBS UP if you are annoyed by Kurt Helin preaching about what you can or cannot think about LeBron in EVERY SINGLE LEBRON STORY. Give it up, guy, it’s a little pathetic.

  13. david8726 - Jul 1, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    You mad, bro?

    You know that’s not true. There are hundreds of NBA players, and not all of them do camps.

    Also, there is nothing wrong with players who do camps wanting to be compensated for their time. It doesn’t change the fact that they’re still making a lot of kids smile.

    • jjstrokes - Jul 6, 2011 at 11:38 AM

      Of course there is nothing wrong with LeBron being compensated for attending & helping out at camps. Just don’t make him sound like some kind of hero for it. He’s getting PAID!!! Basketball is his job!!!…. & pretty much all NBA players do get involved in summer camps; that’s part of being a professional athlete: the idea that the players are the best skilled/knowledgeable people to teach the game to youngsters.

  14. mytthor - Jul 1, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Seriously, has no one played knockout before? You’re supposed to get the ball in the basket before the next guy does.

    Everybody sees what they want to see. People say LeBron was “grandstanding” and “cripped-walking” (presumably crip walking). I think it’s tough to tell when the camera’s not on him, but some people are apparently better at that. I did see him WALKING BACKWARDS, however, which is clearly the strong sign of a preening, arrogant jerk.

    • david8726 - Jul 2, 2011 at 12:24 AM

      The guy dunked and had a little fun afterwards.

      Why do people like you have look at LeBron just having fun and then make the leap that he’s being “a preening, arrogant jerk?”

      Is the guy ever allowed to be happy without you attaching evil motives and emotions to it?

      You need to chill the eff out and lay off the guy.

      • ccraig232 - Jul 2, 2011 at 2:04 AM

        You really need to get off your knees man……

      • mytthor - Jul 2, 2011 at 1:38 PM

        Way to miss the sarcasm, professor.

      • mytthor - Jul 2, 2011 at 1:39 PM

        But then, judging by the thumbs up I got, other people did, too. No way to get your rating down on a post like supporting Darth LeBron.

      • david8726 - Jul 2, 2011 at 6:05 PM

        My bad. It’s tough to detect sarcasm on the internet at times.

        And you’re right, any post that’s in any way supportive of LeBron is sure to be thumbs-downed, regardless of any logic or reason you use.

      • jjstrokes - Jul 6, 2011 at 11:41 AM

        @ ccraig… hahahah… Yes seriously, get off your knees bro. You’re blowing the game

  15. philtration - Jul 1, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Should have called the video
    :Just In Case You Were Not Sure That I Am A Jag Off”

  16. norcalraider510 - Jul 2, 2011 at 1:37 AM

    thats not that bad at least he helped the kid up, if anyone is an a-hole its the guy with the camera

  17. normandale - Jul 2, 2011 at 3:53 AM

    Check out the Off The Bench article.

    The only text alongside the video:
    “LeBron James, destroyer of young dreams. How does a simple game of knockout turn into this? Is this some sort of displaced anger display directed at Dirk Nowitzki?”

    It’s amusing what drastically different angles these writes take on practically the same website. However, Kurt is clearly taking a far more biased angle since this video does show a major character flaw. NBC needs to look into hiring someone who can knows what “objective journalism” means to replace Mr. Helin.

  18. philtration - Jul 2, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    I have not seen a grown man rub his crotch on a little boys face and then moonwalk like that since Michael Jackson kicked the bucket.

    Guess LeBron is a lot like MJ after all.

  19. Iraelite - Jul 2, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    We are ALL witnesses!

  20. damienthorne2012 - Jul 3, 2011 at 2:58 AM

    I am admitting that I am not a fan of Lebron in anyway, but after watching this video several times, I have no issue with Lebronze for this. Nothing to see here. Moving right along.

  21. therookie773 - Jul 3, 2011 at 4:39 AM

    That was clearly an accident, his momentum and the kids positioning was perfect for a clash. Stop blowing it out of proportion.

    • southbeachtalent - Jul 6, 2011 at 3:02 PM

      No he meant to dunk on the kid and knock him over, it’s all part of LeBron’s plan to rule the world!!!

  22. steelerdynasty2010 - Jul 5, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    must not have been the 4th quarter of the game

  23. southbeachtalent - Jul 6, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    LeBron is the devil!!


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